Menominee Ethnobotany

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Botany Quizzes & Trivia

Ethnobotany is the study of how a particular culture or region makes use of indigenous plants. Test your knowledge of indigenous plants found on the Reservation and see how they were used by Menominee people.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    This is a Menominee 'love charm'.  One would try and secrete some of the herb upon the person who is the object of their affection.
    • A. 

      Indian Paintbrush

    • B. 

      Wood Betony

    • C. 

      Cow Parsnip

  • 2. 
    This was used by Menominee warriors.  It is said to induce permanent blindness when puffed into the eyes of the enemy. (Don't try this at home!)
    • A. 

      Spreading Dogbane

    • B. 

      Gem Puffballs

    • C. 

      Hooked Crowfoot

  • 3. 
    Be sure to use with caution.  A person who was 'losing flesh' would consume this, being sure to eat one branch or piece of this root at a time.
    • A. 

      Woolly Sweet Cicely

    • B. 

      Indian Potato

    • C. 

      Frost Grape

  • 4. 
    Menominee people would use use this bark to make a tea, which they would then apply to an infected wound to draw fluid from the area.
    • A. 

      Wood Nettle

    • B. 

      Slippery Elm

    • C. 

      Clustered Snakeroot

  • 5. 
    Chewing the leave of this plant and spitting the juice onto your fishing hook and bait  is believed to allure fish.  If you were to chew on this while having an argument you would be sure to win.
    • A. 

      Edible Valerian

    • B. 

      Blue Valerian

    • C. 

      Swamp Valerian