Hidatsa dried prairie turnips

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Hidatsa dried prairie turnips

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 22, 2019

More food!
Prairie turnips were an important source of food for all Plains Indians; when peeled, they could be eaten fresh or dried and stored indefinitely. Hidatsa Indians would use them to drop into stews and pounded them to use as flour. These sliced and dried turnips and whole turnip were gathered in 1916.