Grossulariaceae Ribes missouriense Nutt.
Omaha - Other, Toys & Games
Use documented by:
Gilmore, Melvin R., 1919, Uses of Plants by the Indians of the Missouri River Region, SI-BAE Annual Report #33, page 84
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Scientific name: Ribes missouriense Nutt.
USDA symbol: RIMI (View details
at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: Missouri Gooseberry
Family (APG): Grossulariaceae
Native American Tribe: Omaha
Use category: Other
Use sub-category: Toys & Games
Notes: Unripe, acidulous berries used in children's games. The children were divided into two teams and each child was given a portion of the unripe berries which were to be eaten without making a grimace. The team less successful in completing the task had to forfeit to the winners and execute some performances for their amusement such as hopping backwards on one foot.
RECRD: 31328 id: 33640