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Old 11-05-2010, 02:08 PM   #11
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Here is a book I would recommend. Its a new book about the Ojibwe, but it covers Francis Densmore's early ethnography and photography.

I always find snuggling up in a warm place and thinking about how many have survived the northern winters in the freezing snow makes me feel even snugger!

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Old 11-07-2010, 11:49 AM   #12
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I thought Europeans turned Indians on to tobacco and booze…. weren’t the early Europeans great “friends”…. just kidding. I knew about the Menominee Indians but didn’t know they were rice gatherers or…. much else about them other than that I think they were the people who used birch bark canoes or something…. it’s been too long. There’s a plant that’s got the common name of Indian Tobacco. It’s probably got that name for a good reason. Bet that’s what they were smoking before they were “gifted” tobacco and booze from their new “friends”. Try Lobelia inflata and see if the Menominee were smoking that in their peace pipes.
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Old 11-07-2010, 01:23 PM   #13
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Wiki:
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English names include Lobelia, Asthma Weed, Indian Tobacco, Pukeweed, and Vomitwort.
Doesn't sound too promising with names like THAT!
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It is often used as part of smoking cessation programs.
Must not be the one.
The one I was talking about gets really big DARK DARK brown upright seed heads.(Wished I had a photo of one.)
I THINK the seeds themselves are about 3/16ths and sort of flying saucer shaped (Flat oval edges with a centered seed)
I'll do a search but I don't recall seeing any out back this year.
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Old 11-07-2010, 03:13 PM   #14
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The little bit I could find on it (couldn't Hazelnut's article without signing up for a free trial) indicates the native americans used tobacco for spiritual/medicine man uses until the settlers showed them recreational uses. . . .
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