Apiaceae Angelica dawsonii S. Wats.

Dawson's Angelica

Blackfoot - Other, Ceremonial Items

Use documented by:
Hellson, John C., 1974, Ethnobotany of the Blackfoot Indians, Ottawa. National Museums of Canada. Mercury Series, page 40

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Scientific name: Angelica dawsonii S. Wats.
USDA symbol: ANDA (View details at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: Dawson's Angelica
Family: Apiaceae
Family (APG): Apiaceae
Native American Tribe: Blackfoot
Use category: Other
Use sub-category: Ceremonial Items
Notes: Root held in the mouth during Horn Society curse ceremony. Curses were indulged in by the Horn Society as a whole. In this case a special sweat lodge was constructed. A human figure representing the condemned man was drawn in the bottom of a pit intended to contain hot stones. The stones were brought in at a designated time and placed on the drawing to represent the victim's suffering.

RECRD: 3623 id: 3488