Tule

(Scirpus acutus) The yellow pollen of this plant was called by the Apache "hoddentin". The medicine men applied this powder to the foreheads of the sick, and in the form of a cross, to the breast. No Apache would go on the warpath without a bag of this powder on him. When very tired while out on the warpath, they would put a pinch of hoddentin on the tongue and one on the crown of the head. Babies had a bag of it round their necks. When an Apache girl attained the age of puberty, they threw hoddentin to the sun, and scattered it about her. The very first thing an Apache did in the morning was to blow a pinch of it to the dawn (Bourke).

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