Amaranthaceae Amaranthus cruentus L.
Zuni - Other, Ceremonial Items
Use documented by:
Stevenson, Matilda Coxe, 1915, Ethnobotany of the Zuni Indians, SI-BAE Annual Report #30, page 87
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Scientific name: Amaranthus cruentus L.
USDA symbol: AMCR4 (View details
at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: Red Amaranth
Family (APG): Amaranthaceae
Native American Tribe: Zuni
Use category: Other
Use sub-category: Ceremonial Items
Notes: Feathery part of plant ground into a fine meal and used to color ceremonial bread red. The bread was carried by personators of anthropic gods and thrown by them to the populace between the dances.
RECRD: 32957 id: 2748