Polygonaceae Eriogonum jamesii Benth.
Zuni - Other, Ceremonial Items
Use documented by:
Stevenson, Matilda Coxe, 1915, Ethnobotany of the Zuni Indians, SI-BAE Annual Report #30, page 91
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Scientific name: Eriogonum jamesii Benth.
USDA symbol: ERJAJ (View details
at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: James' Buckwheat
Family (APG): Polygonaceae
Native American Tribe: Zuni
Use category: Other
Use sub-category: Ceremonial Items
Notes: Ground blossom powder given to ceremonial dancers impersonating anthropic gods to bring rain. The blossom powder was given to the dancers after they were dressed for the ceremony. The dance director placed it in the mouth of each dancer so that the dance would bring rain. Each dancer ejected the medicine from his mouth over his body and apparel.
RECRD: 32975 id: 14065