Black Drink: A Native American Tea

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Charles M. Hudson
University of Georgia Press, 2004 - Social Science - 175 pages
Until its use declined in the nineteenth century, Indians of the southeastern United States were devoted to a caffeinated beverage commonly known as black drink. Brewed from the parched leaves of the yaupon holly (Ilex vomitoria), black drink was used socially and ceremonially. In certain ritual purification rites, Indians would regurgitate after drinking the tea. This study details botanical, clinical, spiritual, historical, and material aspects of black drink, including its importance not only to Native Americans, but also to many of their European-American contemporaries.
 

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Contents

The natural range of Ilex vomitoria Aiton 42
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America 44
3
The Botany of Yaupon
10
The growing habit and male flowers of Ilex vomitoria
12
The female flowers fruit and seed of Ilex vomitoria
16
Ilex cassine
21
Ilex vomitoria among the Indians
40
Eastern Timucua Indians probably Saturiwa taking black drink
48
Burial of Timucuan warriors in a mound with weapons and shell cups as grave goods
96
Mesoamerican glyphs and glyph elements on southeastern pottery
99
Shell cup engraved with Eagle Man motif
107
Southern Cult motifs
111
The Function of Black Drink among the Creeks
120
Cabin on the Alabama town square
133
Black Drink and Other Caffeinecontaining Beverages
150
Selected Bibliography
166

Origins and Prehistoric Distributions of Black Drink
83
Burial of a Timucuan chief in a mound with his shell cup placed on the mound surface
91

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Charles M. Hudson, a professor emeritus of anthropology at the University of Georgia, is one of the foremost authorities on the history and culture of the Indians of the U.S. Southeast. His many books include Black Drink, The Forgotten Centuries, and Knights of Spain, Warriors of the Sun (all Georgia).

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