Black Drink: A Native American Tea

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Charles M. Hudson
University of Georgia Press, 2004 - Social Science - 175 pages
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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 Botany of Yaupon
10
Ilex vomitoria among the Indians
40
Origins and Prehistoric Distributions of Black Drink
83
The Function of Black Drink among the Creeks
120
Black Drink and Other Caffeinecontaining Beverages
150
Selected Bibliography
166
Index
173
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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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