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Native American Ethnobotanyby Daniel E. Moerman
Synopses & Reviews
An extraordinary compilation of the plants used by North American native peoples for medicine, food, fiber, dye, and a host of other things. Anthropologist Daniel E. Moerman has devoted 25 years to the task of gathering together the accumulated ethnobotanical knowledge on more than 4000 plants. More than 44,000 uses for these plants by various tribes are documented here. This is undoubtedly the most massive ethnobotanical survey ever undertaken, preserving an enormous store of information for the future.
Book News Annotation:
Documents a total of 44,691 ways that Native Americans use 4,029 plants. More than half of these practices are medicinal, but the breadth of their plant knowledge is shown by the listings for food, fibers, and dyes, as well as a host of other uses (from ceremonial and magical to cleaning and insecticidal). A lengthy introductory section provides a history of how the information was compiled and sorted, as well as an overview of the plants detailed in the Catalog of Plants (which is arranged alphabetically by the scientific name of the plant). Contains extensive indexes arranged by tribe, usage, and common names. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (firstname.lastname@example.org)
About the Author
Daniel E. Moerman is the William E. Stirton Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan - Dearborn, so recognized for his distinguished scholarship, teaching, and professional accomplishments.andnbsp; He lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
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