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... <section> <title>Gourds</title> <para>The native people grew a variety of large broad-leafed, ground-covering vines which produced what they called “macocqwer” or gourds. (<emphasis role="ital">See</emphasis> <xref linkend="gourds"/>.) Varying in color among shades of green, yellow, and orange, these gourds served a number of functions, not chief of which was as a food source. There were two distinct types, soft-shelled and hard-shelled. ...</para> <figure xml:id="gourds" xreflabel="Gourds"> <title>Gourds</title> <mediaobject> <imageobject> <imagedata format="jpg" fileref="19450212-2.jpg"/> </imageobject> </mediaobject> <caption> <para>While gourds, pumpkins and squashes were new to the English, they were soon discovered to be very useful for warding off starvation.</para> </caption> </figure> <para>...</para> </section> ...