Merlin Red Cloud Jr. talks about Gardens (transcript)
Merlin Red Cloud Jr. talks about who Plants, Weeds and Harvests the Fields (transcript)
The Native American Vegetable and Herb garden would not have been possible without contributions from Merlin Red Cloud Jr., a member of the Ho Chunk Nation, who took the time to share oral garden traditions with us and his vast knowledge of gardening. He helped by providing family heirloom seeds, continued to stop by and check on the garden and assisted with the harvest.
The garden would not be possible without funding. Grants from University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, College of Liberal Studies for Faculty Development and Summer Projects provided the funding necessary to work with Ho Chunk Historic Preservation and tribal members as well as develop the garden, web pages and displays in the UW-L Archaeology Center and Laboratories.
The following bibliography provides the sources used in this garden project. We recommend these books for more information about traditional herb usage and Native American gardening.
- Buchanan, Carol
1997 Brother Crow, Sister Corn: traditional American Indian gardening. Ten Speed Press, Berkeley, CA.
- Caduto, Michael J., and Joseph Bruchac
1996 Native American gardening: stories, projects, and recipes for families. Fulcrum Pub., Golden, CO.
- Waheenee, and Gilbert Livingstone Wilson
1987 Buffalo Bird Woman’s garden: agriculture of the Hidatsa Indians. Minnesota Historical Society Press, St. Paul.
- Densmore, Frances
1974 How Indians use wild plants for food, medicine, and crafts. Dover, New York.
- Gilmore, Melvin R.
1997 Uses of plants by the Indians of the Missouri River region. University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln.
- Hutchens, Alma R.
1992 A handbook of Native American herbs. Shambhalia, Boston.
- King, Frances B.
1984 Plants, People, and Paleoecology: Biotic Communities and Aboriginal Plant Usage in Illinois. Scientific Papers No. 20. Illinois State Museum, Springfield.
- Moerman, Daniel E.
1998 Native American ethnobotany. Timber Press, Portland.
- Seed Savers Exchange www.seedsavers.org