Role of Chicory in the Native American Mythology

Chicory is a wild-flower that was not originally native to North America. It was brought over from Europe, probably in the 1700s or late 1600s.

Because of this, Chicory does not play a large role in Native American mythology. But like other newcomer plants, such as Dandelions, Chicory did become part of 18th and 19th-century Native American traditions.

The Chicory plant was associated with the sky in some tribes (due to its sky-blue color), and Chicory roots were used as a medicine herb among eastern tribes.

Cichorium intybus – Common Chicory Blue Dandelion



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