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By Alma Hogan Snell

Drawing at the wisdom and knowledge of numerous generations of Crow Indian girls, the well known speaker and instructor Alma Hogan Snell provides an vital consultant to the conventional lore, culinary makes use of, and therapeutic houses of local foods.
A flavor of Heritage imparts the lore of a while in addition to the conventional Crow philosophy of therapeutic and certain useful suggestion for locating and harvesting crops: from the main to making impossible to resist dishes of cattails and dandelions, salsify and Juneberries, antelope meat and buffalo hooves, to the key of utilizing vegetation to augment good looks and incite love. Snell describes the age-old perform of turning wildflowers and backyard vegetation into balms and treatments for such illnesses and accidents as snakebite, headache, leg cramps, swollen joints, bronchial asthma, and sores. She brings to undergo not just her life of event but in addition the precious classes of her grandmother, the mythical medication lady lovely Shield.
With life-enhancing recipes for every little thing from soups, teas, and breads to poultices, aphrodisiacs, and fertility aids, A style of Heritage is specially a desirable cultural record sure to increase the reader’s dating with the normal world.
A partial record of recipes:
Wild Bitterroot Sauce
Wild Carrot Pudding
Cattail Biscuits
Dandelion Soup
Salsify Oyster Stew
Balapia (Berry Pudding)
Juneberry Pie
Chokecherry Cake
Wild Mint Tea
Bitterberry Lemonade
Wheel Bread
Boiled Hooves
Bill’s Mother’s Antelope Roast
Stuffed Trout
Elk Roast
Stuffed Eggs
Old-Time Moose Roast
Wild Turnip Porridge
Wild Turnip Bread
Fresh Wild Salad
Buffalo Cattail Stew
Ground Tomato Salad
Gooseberry Pudding
Bearberry Butter
Spicy Dried Plum Cake
Buffaloberry Jelly

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Some kids that were musical tried to use them for flutes, but I don’t think they work as well for that as the hardwoods. The dark (black) elderberries are the good ones. The species that produces red berries is poisonous, and some say that even eating raw too many of the good black ones will make you sick to your stomach. I’ve also read that the hollow stems of the elderberry shouldn’t pl ant fo ods 37 Elderbush be used as peashooters or whistles because of poisonous compounds in the plants, but I have never heard of any Crow child having problems with this.

Currants and gooseberries can be used in almost all of the same ways. Whichever type you pick, you need to get out there and pick them as soon as they are ripe; otherwise they just dry up on the vine. They don’t all ripen at the same time either: some are ready in late June and others in July. You need to keep watching them and get them just when they are purple and ripe. Like all the other berries, you can dry them if you want to, and currants and gooseberries both make good sauces. ” Bob and James Krumm included my gooseberry pudding recipe in The Pacific Northwest Berry Book, but of course they left out the little twigs.

Cook over medium heat for 2 hours. Add the cattail, cornmeal, and cedar berries (if you like the flavor of cedar berries; otherwise skip these and use the bay leaf instead­—choose one or the other but don’t use both). Continue to cook, stirring regularly, until the cornmeal is cooked. Add salt and pepper to taste. Yucca: Oox’ish bautshua Yucca glauca Even though they look intimidating (the Crow name means “deer’s awl,” and they are sharp), yucca plants are surprisingly useful. Fresh yucca flowers, especially the petals, are a treat to eat.

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