Green Corn Ceremonialism in the Eastern Woodlands

John Witthoft

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Many tribes of the United States, including the Algonquin, Delaware, Iroquois, and Cherokee, held a festival to celebrate the time of year when corn was first ready to eat. John Witthoft here describes the green corn ceremonies as they were practiced by these and other tribes, based on the notes and records of early European observers.

The Indians of the Western Great Lakes, 1615 to 1760

W. Vernon Kinietz

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Indians of the Western Great Lakes, 1615–1760 is an ethnographic study of five tribes of the region: Huron, Miami, Ottawa, Potawatomi, and Chippewa. Author W. Vernon Kinietz based this study on a survey of contact-era accounts from archives in Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec, Chicago, Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Washington, DC.

The Ethnobotanical Laboratory at the University of Michigan

Melvin R. Gilmore

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In 1932, with this slim but important volume, the University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology began its publication series.

Melvin R. Gilmore, a preeminent ethnobotanist, joined the Museum as its first curator of ethnology in 1929 and in 1930 established the Ethnobotanical Laboratory: the largest such collection in North America. He became director of the laboratory in 1938. In this volume, he discusses the establishment of the laboratory and the importance of ethnobotanical research.

Nearly a century later, the Ethnobotanical Laboratory is still unique for its extensive collection of archaeological and systematic comparative wood, seeds, and plant parts from around the world, and for its ethnographic examples of how traditional cultures collect, store, process, and use these plants.