Rosaceae Prunus americana Marsh.

American Plum

Dakota - Other, Ceremonial Items

Use documented by:
Gilmore, Melvin R., 1919, Uses of Plants by the Indians of the Missouri River Region, SI-BAE Annual Report #33, page 87

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Scientific name: Prunus americana Marsh.
USDA symbol: PRAM (View details at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: American Plum
Family: Rosaceae
Family (APG): Rosaceae
Native American Tribe: Dakota
Use category: Other
Use sub-category: Ceremonial Items
Notes: Sprout or young growth made into a wand and used ceremonially. The sprout or young growth was made into a wand by peeling it and painting it with emblematic colors and designs. An offering which consisted of tobacco or anything acceptable to higher powers was attached to the top of the wand and usually made for the benefit of the sick. The offering could be made anywhere and by anyone as long as it was executed with appropriate ceremony, but was most efficiently performed if an altar were prepared at which the wand was placed upright with the offering fastened near the top.

RECRD: 31410 id: 30252