Edible Wild Plants of the Prairie: An Ethnobotanical Guide

Edible Wild Plants of the Prairie An Ethnobotanical Guide The Plains Indians found medicinal value in than two hundred species of native prairie plants Unfortunately modern American culture has not paid much attention White settlers did learn a few plant ba

  • Title: Edible Wild Plants of the Prairie: An Ethnobotanical Guide
  • Author: Kelly Kindscher
  • ISBN: 9780700603251
  • Page: 314
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Plains Indians found medicinal value in than two hundred species of native prairie plants Unfortunately, modern American culture has not paid much attention.White settlers did learn a few plant based remedies from the Indians, and a few prairie plants were prescribed by frontier doctors A couple dozen prairie species were listed as drugs in the U.S PharmacopeiaThe Plains Indians found medicinal value in than two hundred species of native prairie plants Unfortunately, modern American culture has not paid much attention.White settlers did learn a few plant based remedies from the Indians, and a few prairie plants were prescribed by frontier doctors A couple dozen prairie species were listed as drugs in the U.S Pharmacopeia at one time or another, and one or two, like the Purple Coneflower, found their way into the bottles of patent medicine.But in both the number of species used and the varieties of treatments administered, Indians were far proficient than white settlers Their familiarity with the plants of the prairie was comprehensive there probably were Indian names for all prairie plants, and they recognized varieties of some species than scientists do today Their knowledge was refined and exact enough that they could successfully administer medicinal doses of plants that are poisonous All of the species used by frontier doctors were used first by Indians.In Medicinal Plants of the Prairie, ethnobotanist Kelly Kindscher documents the medicinal use of 203 native prairie plants by the Plains Indians Using information gleaned from archival materials, interviews, and fieldwork, Kindscher describes plant based treatments for ailments ranging from hyperactivity to syphilis, from arthritis to worms He also explains the use of internal and external medications, smoke treatments, moxa the burning of a medicinal substance on the skin , and the doctrine of signatures the belief that the form or characteristics of a plant are signatures or signs that reveal its medicinal uses He adds information on recent pharmacological findings to further illuminate the medicinal nature of these plants.Not since 1919 has the ethnobotany of native Great Plains plants been examined so thoroughly Kindscher s study is the first to encompass the entire Prairie Bioregion, a one million square mile area bounded by Texas on the south, Canada on the north, the Rocky Mountains on the west, and the deciduous forests of Missouri, Indiana, and Wisconsin in the east Along with information on the medicinal uses of prairie plants by the Indians, Kindscher also lists Indian, common, and scientific names and describes Anglo folk uses, medical uses, scientific research, and cultivation Descriptions of the plants are supplemented by 44 exquisite line drawings and over 100 range maps.This book will help increase appreciation for prairie plants at a time when prairies and their biodiversity urgently need protection throughout the region.

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    1. This was one on the first guides I read. This book is one of the few that takes into account the history of these plants and their uses from native tribes all across America as well as their uses today. There is lore, medicine, all the names of the plants according to different tribes, and what they mean.The descriptions, parts used, habitat and food use are all listed as well as regional maps of where you can find each plant. For an illustration only book this one is good but not great. That is [...]

    2. It's great that scientific names are not only included, but pushed as being important, and the number of sources used was astounding. I was particularly interested to find that species we recognize are split by certain tribes into up to four distinct entities. Overall very fascinating!My biggest complaint is that here and there, some plants are mentioned as being "the most important" on the prairie. As a botanist and an ecologist, reading an ethnobotanical book, this means nothing to me. Is it i [...]

    3. This book is a pretty typical Native Herbal. Like its sister book, Medicinal Wild Plants of the Prairie, it provides simplistic black and white illustrations of the plants and their components, a map showing you their native region, both their Common and Scientific Names as well as the names used by the Native Tribes who used them, a description of both the plants and their usual habitat, their cultivation, and their common uses (and the parts that are used) by the Native American tribes that ut [...]

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