A Taste of Heritage Recipes & Herbal Medicines

Alma was taught the Crow traditions by her maternal grandmother, Pretty Shield. The knowledge gained from this education that was further influenced by her Christian upbringing, formal food-service training, and interest in herbalism makes Alma’s understanding of foods and herbs unique and this book uniquely important. Crow ethnobotany has not been widely shared and is not widely known. Although scattered references to the edible and medicinal uses of plants by the Crow exist, the first published work on uses of Crow plants was J. W. Blankinship’s 1905 Native Economic Plants of Montana, which lists Crow uses for thirteen plants. A more insightful work was written by a Crow woman, Joy Yellowtail Toineeta, whose 1970 master’s thesis, titled Absarog-Issawua (From the Land of the Crow Indians), is the most detailed ethnobotany of the Crow and discusses sixty-four species of plants. Unfortunately, this work has never circulated beyond the few of us who have borrowed it from the Montana State University library.

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