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The Saratoga Native American Festival Program
For millenia, Native American peoples have been partaking of mineral waters at "Saratoga Springs" that are well known for their healing properties. The springs all had different characters: some bubbled up in surface pools; others formed cones of dried mineral deposits; others burst forth in great spouting geysers. More than forty different springs held varying degrees of carbonic acid, dissolved salts (calcium bicarbonate, magnesium bicarbonate, sodium chloride or potassium chloride), and/or iron (ferrous bicarbonate), and small amounts of sulfur (hydrogen sulfide), silica, and trace elements. The list of the healing uses for these waters is long.
Posted with permission from the Ndakinna Education Center.
Bruchac, M. (2006). Names for Saratoga and the Springs. The Saratoga Native American Festival Program, 23-25. Retrieved from http://repository.upenn.edu/anthro_papers/159
Date Posted: 03 January 2017