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Sassafras • Wináhk (Wee-nock)

 
 
Sassafras • Wináhk (Wee-nock) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, May 13, 2019
1. Sassafras • Wináhk (Wee-nock) Marker
Inscription.  
For centuries, Native peoples have used the bark, roots, and leaves of the sassafras tree as medicine and flavoring in food and beverages.

As Native peoples taught settlers how to harvest and use sassafras, demand grew quickly. In the 1700s, it became one of the largest exports to England, second only to tobacco. The Shawnee continue to harvest sassafras today, drinking tea made from root bark to remove impurities from the blood.

Did you know that sassafras root is used as a flavoring in one of the most popular soft drinks, root beer?
 
Erected by Smithsonian Institution.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & ArchaeologyIndustry & CommerceNative AmericansScience & Medicine.
 
Location. 38° 53.31′ N, 77° 1.001′ W. Marker is in The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker can be reached from Jefferson Drive Southwest west of 3rd Street Southwest, on the right when traveling east
Sassafras • Wináhk (Wee-nock) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, May 13, 2019
2. Sassafras • Wináhk (Wee-nock) Marker
. On the grounds of the National Museum of the American Indian. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 482 Independence Avenue Southwest, Washington DC 20024, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Upland Hardwood Forest (a few steps from this marker); Cardinal Direction Markers (within shouting distance of this marker); Rick Bartow (1946-2016) (within shouting distance of this marker); Can you hear the echo of the water bouncing off the rock? (within shouting distance of this marker); Wingapo (within shouting distance of this marker); Traditional Croplands (within shouting distance of this marker); What is a Grandfather Rock? (within shouting distance of this marker); George Rivera (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 14, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 139 times since then and 10 times this year. Last updated on February 10, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 13, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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