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Native American Ethnobotany Hardcover – Illustrated, August 1, 1998
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Native American Ethnobotany provides what I consider essential ethnobotanical baseline information. That is, any serious student of comparative Native American ethnobotany will want to own, or have access to this book through their school or library to begin serious study of the topic.
Because this book was based on an extensive database, there are comprehensive indexes for plant usage, species names (including synonyms), and common names. As a reference work, there are no illustrations or photographs.
I highly recommend this book as a reference text for any lay or professional ethnobotanical researcher.
It is broken down into several sections, after the preface and acknowledgements.
"Plant Use by Native Americans" (pp. 11-28) gives overviews on the use of plants for drugs (medicines), foods, fibers and dyes, and other uses (hunting and fishing supplies (rods, lines, lures, traps, bows, arrows, spears, etc.), incense and fragrances, fuels, tools, and other uses. Interesting facts emerge such as more tribes used chokecherry as food (163 tribes) than corn (121 tribes), and the plant with the most medicinal uses was the common yarrow (355 uses)! The usages section covers the various sources of information and gives a list of the tribes and their locations.
"Organization of the Information" (pp. 29-32) discusses some of the issues involving the scientific and common plant names, both of which have varied over time and region, as well as ethnobotanical information.
The "Catalog of Plants" is the biggest part of the book (pp. 33-614), and it is arranged alphabetically by genus, with sublistings and specifics under the species. Then under each species, the use/s is/are given, as well as the tribe(s) which use it in those ways. For example, the chokecherry (Prunus virginiana) covers 4 pages in small print (pp. 444-448) of its many uses and the tribes across the U.S. who used it.Read more ›
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Great price for a very complete ethnobotany book. We are trying to heal ourselves and stay healthy as naturally as possible. Read morePublished 15 days ago by laeorlando
Very in depth book, hard to find knowledge as many Natives vowed to not give up their botanical secret's due to the biggest Genocide in History. Read morePublished 7 months ago by co
I have had to purchase many textbooks in college with less and less valuable information for a lot more money than this wonderful book.Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer