The Iroquis called [High John the Conqueror] it “man root”.
There’s really nothing much to be said other than that apart from some specific medical uses, braves carried it to help them be valliant in battle. The real legends all are part of African American traditions and while Native Americans are very visible in those traditions, it is unrealistic to assume that attributions to Native American orgins are anything more than “fairy tales.”
Prof. Eoghan Ballard, Ph.D.
…being myself, proudly, a student since two decades of such remarkable scholar and folklorist.