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Native plants used for medicine and healthcare

John Wentzel gave these pressed plants to the Plains Indian Museum in 1989. They represent a multitude of uses for food or medicine; take a look at the descriptions to see how the plant is used. Then, from Plains Indian Museum Curatorial Assistant, Hunter Old Elk, and PR's Social Media Specialist, Liz Bowers, comes these words for their Fall/Winter 2018 story in the Center's Points West magazine, titled "A living tradition: Plains Indian food and medicine." Here is a short excerpt: Nomadic tribes, like the Flathead and Crow, also used plants as a great source of food and medicine. Unlike the Hidatsa, Mandan, and Arikara tribes, the nomadic cultures did not cultivate gardens. Instead, they would gather what the earth provided in each season. The women, midwives, herbalists, and healers of the tribes gathered berries, nuts, roots, and herbs as the plants were ready to harvest.

A Buffalo Bill Center of the West Virtual Exhibit
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