Poaceae Andropogon gerardii Vitman

Big Bluestem

Mandan - Other, Hunting & Fishing Item

Use documented by:
Gilmore, Melvin R., 1919, Uses of Plants by the Indians of the Missouri River Region, SI-BAE Annual Report #33, page 68

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Scientific name: Andropogon gerardii Vitman
USDA symbol: ANGE (View details at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: Big Bluestem
Family: Poaceae
Family (APG): Poaceae
Native American Tribe: Mandan
Use category: Other
Use sub-category: Hunting & Fishing Item
Notes: Stiff, jointed stems used by little boys to make arrows. Arikara, Hidatsa, and Mandan boys used thorn apple thorns for arrow points and practiced their archery skills by hunting frogs.

RECRD: 31117 id: 3300