Dakota and Lakota Traditional Food and Tea


The teachings in this booklet were gathered through meetings organized at Elder Lorraine Yuzicapi’s house in Standing Buffalo Dakota Nation during the summer of 2010. Elder Lorraine, a knowledge keeper for Standing Buffalo Dakota Nation, gives workshops on traditional foods and teas across Canada and this booklet is designed to complement her workshops. Traditional uses of mostly local foods and teas, their preservation, preparation and recipes are illustrated with several pictures. Protein sources, such as fish, meats, and hazelnuts are described. The benefits of plants such as corn, chives, prairie onions, wild turnips, biscuit cactus, cactus berries, sage, rose hips, and numerous other berries are presented. Medicinal, culinary, and ceremonial properties of teas are described.

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