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Spirit Medicine: Native American Uses of Common Everlasting (Pseudognaphalium obtusifolium) in Eastern North America

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dc.contributor.author Jackson, Jason Baird
dc.date.accessioned 2006-09-22T15:06:15Z
dc.date.available 2006-09-22T15:06:15Z
dc.date.issued 2002
dc.identifier.citation Occasional Papers of the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2022/299
dc.description.abstract Pseudognaphalium obtusifolium (L.) (= Gnaphalium obtusifolium L.) is an important plant used in the practice of traditional medicine among many Native American groups in eastern North America. This essay documents use of this plant among the Yuchi, an American Indian people from the Southeast now residing in eastern Oklahoma. This use is contextualized within a survey of published and unpublished sources on the plant as utilized by other peoples in the Eastern Woodlands. This survey finds several clusters of practices and beliefs that are widely held across the region. Viewed more broadly, these findings suggest the value of a comparative study of American Indian ethnobotany and the place such study might have for reassessing anthropological understandings of American Indian life throughout the region and general models of regional social patterning. As a preliminary test case in the comparative ethnobotany of eastern North America, the study of P. obtusifolium contradicts previous findings that have suggested that the pharmacopoeia of individual groups tended to be unique. en
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dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History en
dc.relation.ispartofseries 13 en
dc.subject Yuchi en
dc.subject ethnobotany en
dc.subject mourning practices en
dc.subject ghosts en
dc.subject Pseudognaphalium sp. en
dc.subject Gnaphalium sp. en
dc.subject Common Everlasting en
dc.subject Rabbit Tobacco en
dc.subject Indians of North America en
dc.subject Woodland Region en
dc.title Spirit Medicine: Native American Uses of Common Everlasting (Pseudognaphalium obtusifolium) in Eastern North America en
dc.type Book en
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