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I am an Anthropology student in Native American
As part of our term paper, we are allowed to choose
any topic on preContact subject.
I am trying to do my paper on Medicinal practices
and Herbs that are used today versus what is
recorded in the past via oral tradition.
Many of the books I have found either are generic in
the categorizing of the herbs without regard to the
tribes or what was the belief behind each herb or
Are there any sources you can recommend to find
actual oral traditions or thoughts on medicines or
practises specific to tribes?
My goal is to show that these practises do in fact
have a scientific basis and validity and should not
be dismissed out of hand.
Any advice is greatly appriceated.
A: You could try this site,
It's specifically about Blackfoot herbalism, from an indigenous point of view.
I've also included links to some of our webpages that contain legends and
native beliefs about plants and herbs.
Hope that helps!
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