Uses of Plants by the Hidatsa of the Northern Plains

Uses of Plants by the Hidatsa of the Northern Plains

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In 1916 anthropologist Gilbert L. Wilson worked closely with Buffalobird-woman, a highly respected Hidatsa born in 1839 on the Fort Berthold Reservation in western North Dakota, for a study of the Hidatsasa€™ uses of local plants. What resulted was a treasure trove of ethnobotanical information that was buried for more than seventy-five years in Wilsona€™s archives, now held jointly by the Minnesota Historical Society and the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Wilson recorded Buffalobird-womana€™s insightful and vivid descriptions of how the nineteenth-century Hidatsa people had gathered, prepared, and used the plants and wood in their local environment for food, medicine, smoking, fiber, fuel, dye, toys, rituals, and construction. From courtship rituals that took place while gathering Juneberries, to descriptions of how the women kept young boys from stealing wild plums as they prepared them for use, to recipes for preparing and cooking local plants, Uses of Plants by the Hidatsas of the Northern Plains provides valuable details of Hidatsa daily life during the nineteenth century, Deer snares Also I have heard that in old times our people twisted snare- plant fiber to make nooses or snares to catch deer. But deer are strong animals, and they used to break the snare-plant ropes that made the nooses and escape.

Title:Uses of Plants by the Hidatsa of the Northern Plains
Author:Gilbert Livingston Wilson
Publisher:U of Nebraska Press - 2014-07-01


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