Solanaceae Datura wrightii Regel

Sacred Thornapple

Zuni - Other, Ceremonial Items

Use documented by:
Stevenson, Matilda Coxe, 1915, Ethnobotany of the Zuni Indians, SI-BAE Annual Report #30, page 88

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Scientific name: Datura wrightii Regel
USDA symbol: DAWR2 (View details at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: Sacred Thornapple
Family: Solanaceae
Family (APG): Solanaceae
Native American Tribe: Zuni
Use category: Other
Use sub-category: Ceremonial Items
Notes: Root pieces chewed by a robbery victim in order to find out the thief's identity. The root was given to the victim by a rain priest. The victim was told to chew the root and that the medicine would induce dreams of the thief. The rain priest would ask the victim to tell him everything he remembered in his dream so that he could identify the thief and recover the stolen property.

RECRD: 32971 id: 12244