Drawing on the knowledge and wisdom of countless generations of Crow Indian women| well-known speaker and teacher Alma Hogan Snell presents an indispensable guide to the traditional lore| culinary uses| and healing properties of native foods.
A Taste of Heritage imparts the lore of ages along with the traditional Crow philosophy of healing and detailed practical advice for finding and harvesting plants: from the key to creating irresistible dishes of cattails and dandelions| salsify and Juneberries| antelope meat and buffalo hooves to the secret of using plants to enhance beauty and incite love.
Snell describes the age-old practice of turning wildflowers and garden plants into balms and remedies for ailments and injuries from snakebite and headache to leg cramps| swollen joints| asthma| and sores.
She brings to bear not only her lifetime of experience but also the invaluable lessons of her grandmother| the legendary medicine woman Pretty Shield.
poultices| aphrodisiacs| and fertility aids| A Taste of Heritage is above all a fascinating cultural document certain to enrich the reader’s relationship with the natural world.
Alma Hogan Snell is the granddaughter of the famed Crow medicine woman Pretty Shield| on whose life the classic Pretty-shield is based.
She is the author of Grandmother’s Grandchild: My Crow Indian Life| available in a Bison Books edition.
Lisa Castle is a graduate student in biology at the University of Kansas.
Kelly Kindscher is an associate scientist at the Kansas Biological Survey and the author of Medicinal Wild Plants of the Prairie: An Ethnobotanical Guide.