by Scott Nelson
The Gourd Reserve
Here's an interesting list of what different Tribes
used gourd for....
Almost as simple as walking into the
local drug/music/hardware store.
Cherokee Drug (Dermatological Aid)
Poultice of soaked seeds used for boils.
Indians of Louisiana
Poultice of crushed leaves applied to the forehead for
Seeds used for adult's sickness caused by adultery:
headache, body pains and crossed fingers.
Seeds burned to smoke the body for insanity.
Ojibwa Food (Vegetable)
Gourds eaten young, before the rind had hardened.
Acoma and Laguna Indians
Gourds made into dippers.
(Toys & Games)
Gourds made into rattles.
Cherokee (Ceremonial Items)
Fruit used to make ceremonial rattles.
Cherokee Other (Cooking Tools)
Fruit used to make dippers.
Cocopa (Musical Instrument)
Fruit made into a rattle and used to provide rhythm
for singing and dancing.
Havasupai (Ceremonial Items)
Gourds made into rattles and used for ritualistic
Rinds made into containers used for carrying water on
foot or on horseback trips away from home.
Used as prayer sticks.
Covered with a cord net to be used as water containers
in ceremonies and buried with the dead.
Used as containers for sacred honey, cups, seed
bottles and medicine holders.
Used as dippers, canteens and spoons.