Rosaceae Holodiscus discolor (Pursh) Maxim.


Karok - Other, Toys & Games

Use documented by:
Schenck, Sara M. and E. W. Gifford, 1952, Karok Ethnobotany, Anthropological Records 13(6):377-392, page 384

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Scientific name: Holodiscus discolor (Pursh) Maxim.
USDA symbol: HODI (View details at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: Oceanspray
Family: Rosaceae
Family (APG): Rosaceae
Native American Tribe: Karok
Use category: Other
Use sub-category: Toys & Games
Notes: Shoots used to make 'Indian cards.' A set of little sticks was prepared by scraping ten inch lengths of shoot clean of bark. All the sticks were straight and one was marked with a black mark. The dealer took the set of sticks in his hands, shuffled the sticks, sang and held his hands behind his back. He tried to prevent his opponents from guessing where the black marked stick was. If the dealer kept the other side from guessing where the ace was for ten times, he won. This was a gambling game.

RECRD: 8536 id: 17314