Under Prairie Skies: The Plants and Native Peoples of the Northern Plains by Shay, C. Thomas

Under Prairie Skies: The Plants and Native Peoples of the Northern Plains

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In Under Prairie Skies, C. Thomas Shay asks and answers the question, What role did plants play in the lives of early inhabitants of the northern Great Plains? Since humans arrived at the end of the Ice Age, plants played important roles as Native peoples learned which were valuable foods, which held medicinal value, and which were best for crafts.

Incorporating Native voices, ethnobotanical studies, personal stories, and research techniques, Under Prairie Skies shows how, since the end of the Ice Age, plants have held a central place in the lives of Native peoples. Eventually some groups cultivated seed-bearing annuals and, later, fields of maize and other crops. Throughout history, their lives became linked with the land, both materially and spiritually.


Author: C. Thomas Shay
Binding Type: Paperback
Publisher: Bison Books
Published: 07/01/2022
Pages: 312
Weight: 1lbs
Size: 8.90h x 5.90w x 0.70d
ISBN: 9781496223388


Review Citation(s):
Choice 12/01/2022

About the Author
C. Thomas Shay is a senior scholar in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Manitoba. He is the author of The Itasca Bison Kill Site: An Ecological Analysis, as well as numerous articles and book chapters.