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Native American Violet Mythology

Violets are associated with love and bewitchment in the Iroquois tribes. Violet roots and leaves are also used as medicine herbs in some Native American cultures, and the flowers are sometimes used to make blue dye.

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Native American Legends About Violets

Indian Violet Story:
    Iroquois legend about the origin of the first violet.

Recommended Books of Violet Stories from Native American Myth and Legend

Song of the Seven Herbs:
    Retellings of several legends about the violet and other North American herbs and flowers.
Native Plant Stories:
    Excellent collection of Native American folklore 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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