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Native American Lady's-Slipper Mythology

Ladyslippers, also known as moccasin flowers, are North American wildflowers from the orchid family. These flowers got their names, as well as several folktales about them, from their vague resemblance to a soft-bodied shoe. Besides inspiring folklore about their origins, ladyslippers were also useful to Woodland Indian tribes of the eastern United States and Canada, who used their roots as medicine herbs.

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Native American Legends About Lady-Slippers

Lady Slippers:
    Ojibwa legend about the meaning of the ladyslipper (or moccasin flower.)

Recommended Books of Ladyslipper Stories from Native American Myth and Legend

The Legend of the Lady Slipper * The Legend of the Lady's Slipper:
    Picture books based on an Ojibwe legend about the origin of the first lady slipper orchid.
Native Plant Stories:
    Excellent collection of Native American stories about plant spirits, by Abenaki storyteller Joseph Bruchac.
Native American Ethnobotany:
    Comprehensive book on the names and traditional uses of flowers and other plants throughout Native North America.



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