Black Drink
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Black Drink

A Native American Tea

Edited by Charles M. Hudson

Title Details

Pages: 184

Illustrations: 11 photos

Trim size: 5.500in x 8.500in



Pub Date: 10/04/2004

ISBN: 9-780-8203-2696-2

List Price: $25.95


Pub Date: 11/15/2018

ISBN: 9-780-8203-5580-1

List Price: $104.95

Black Drink

A Native American Tea

Edited by Charles M. Hudson

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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.

A model of scholarly excellence . . . Well-researched, authoritative [and] well-written.


A very commendable and valuable survey of an economic plant which is little known and poorly understood.

Journal of Ethnopharmacology

Excellent, in-depth reconstructions of many of the cultural practices of the tribes of this important region.

Magic, Ritual, Witchcraft

About the Author/Editor

CHARLES M. HUDSON (1932–2013) was the Franklin Professor of Anthropology and History at the University of Georgia and was one of the foremost authorities on the history and culture of the Indians of the U.S. Southeast. His books include Black Drink and The Forgotten Centuries (both Georgia).