Portulacaceae Claytonia parviflora Dougl. ex Hook.

Streambank Springbeauty

Karok - Other, Toys & Games

Use documented by:
Baker, Marc A., 1981, The Ethnobotany of the Yurok, Tolowa and Karok Indians of Northwest California, Humboldt State University, M.A. Thesis, page 24

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Scientific name: Claytonia parviflora Dougl. ex Hook.
USDA symbol: CLPAP (View details at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: Streambank Springbeauty
Family: Portulacaceae
Family (APG): Portulacaceae
Native American Tribe: Karok
Use category: Other
Use sub-category: Toys & Games
Notes: Shoot used to play a game. The stem was stripped of it's outer layers leaving only the terminal leaf or inflorescence hanging loosely on a flexible strand. Opponents held firmly to the base of the strand and attempted to hook the opponents leaf or inflorescence. After engaging, the opponents pulled and the opponent who retained his leaf or inflorescence won.

RECRD: 5835 id: 10142