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The North American Lotus (Nelumbo lutea Willd.); Sacred food of the Osage People

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Title:The North American Lotus (Nelumbo lutea Willd.); Sacred food of the Osage People
Authors:Swan, Daniel C.
Date Issued:2010
Publisher:University of Hawaii at Manoa
Citation:Swan D C. 2010. The North American lotus (Nelumbo lutea willd.); sacred food of the Osage people. Ethnobotany Res Appl 8:249-253.
Abstract:The North American Lotus (Nelumbo lutea Willd.) is well documented as an important food plant among the Native people of North America. This paper presents ethnographic and historic evidence of its past veneration by the Osage Indians of Oklahoma as a sacred food and a symbol of their desire for health and long life, particularly for their children. Today N. lutea has become a prominent traditional food among the Osage and an important culinary element in contemporary Osage cultural identity.
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URI/DOI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/21013
ISSN:1547-3465
Appears in Collections: 2010 - Volume 8 : Ethnobotany Research and Applications


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