Cactaceae Opuntia humifusa (Raf.) Raf.


Pawnee - Dye, Mordant

Use documented by:
Gilmore, Melvin R., 1919, Uses of Plants by the Indians of the Missouri River Region, SI-BAE Annual Report #33, page 104

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Scientific name: Opuntia humifusa (Raf.) Raf.
USDA symbol: OPHUH (View details at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: Pricklypear
Family: Cactaceae
Family (APG): Cactaceae
Native American Tribe: Pawnee
Use category: Dye
Use sub-category: Mordant
Notes: Mucilaginous stem juice used to fix the colors painted on hides or receptacles made from hides. Freshly peeled stems were rubbed over the painted object to fix the color.

RECRD: 31574 id: 24684