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Zinnia flowers and leaves are used by many southwestern tribes as medicinal and ritual herbs. The zinnia is considered one of the sacred Life Medicines of the Navajo tribe. To some Pueblo tribes zinnias are a symbol of wisdom, and they were fed to young children in hopes of making them grow up intelligent and well-spoken. More prosaically, zinnias were also used by southwestern tribes to make bright colors for dyes and paints.
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