Arrowhead, Waa•bi•zii•pin; Muj ’ota ’bûk


Arrowhead (Sagittari cuneata and Sagittaria latifolia) is found growing in shallow water along the shoreline of lakes and streams. It is noted by its distinctive arrowhead shaped leaves and small, three-petaled white flowers. Ojibwe gathered the roots of this plant as a starchy food source. An infusion made from the roots was used to treat indigestion and stomach ailments.

Waa•bi•zii•pin is the contemporary spelling of this plant while noted Minnesota ethnobotanist Frances Densmore recorded its name as muj ’ota ’bûk.