prairie turnip


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prairie turnip

n
(Plants) another name for breadroot
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The ceremony he witnessed took place each year among many Plains Indians tribes, but historians say the week-long sun dance adopted by the Blackfoot confederacy of Montana and Alberta, Canada, appears unique in that it gives special recognition to a stringy, bulbous, tuber called the prairie turnip.
According to tribespeople interviewed by Peacock, the stick symbolized the tool used to unearth the prairie turnip, while the feathers represented turnip leaves.
That photo, Peacock says, sparked her fascination with the prairie turnip.
Indeed, she notes, the Blackfoot name for the headdress, natoas, a contraction of the words "sacred" and "edible root," means sacred prairie turnip.