Food & Dyes & Medicine

Native American food, dyes, and medicine plants Native American medicines can be spiritual or physical. Each animate and inanimate object in our world holds its own special powers, lessons, and healing qualities. Many modern medicines we use today have their basis in native American medicine teachings. Foods native americans consider tabboo

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Camas Lily was a staple food of many native tribes

The Camas lily was used by Native Americans for medicinal purposes and its root bulbs were collected to make bread, or roasted like a potato.

Cattails are the perfect survival food, tool, shelter and medicine

Cattails can be found virtually anywhere in the wilderness where there is a water source and are a supermarket full of food and uses that can help ensure your survival.

Celebrating an Indian summer

Lately we have heard the phrase “Indian summer” used frequently to describe our stretch of good weather. Most of us are taking advantage of the warm weather rather than contemplating the etymology of the term “Indian summer.”

However, a study of the phrase is an eye-opening look into our nation’s history. After years of asking elders and prominent Indian historians, I stumbled across an article written by a leading American Indian author from an Eastern tribe who explained the origins of “Indian summer.”

Cherokee Nation Grape Dumplings
Corn, beans and squash – An enduring trinity
Mercury-tainted fish are a concern in Great Lakes communities
Native American super foods
Navajos have consumed horse meat since 1500s
Plants Harvested by the Washoe Indians
Porcupine Pot Roast
Roast Antelope with Carrot-Rosemary Sauce
The Black Drink
The Standing People (trees) each have different qualities