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African ethnobotany in the Americas

Author: Robert A Voeks; John Rashford
Publisher: New York : Springer, ©2013.
Series: Springer life sciences.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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African Ethnobotany in the Americas provides the first comprehensive examination of ethnobotanical knowledge and skills among the African Diaspora in the Americas. Leading scholars on the subject explore the complex relationship between plant use and meaning among the descendants of Africans in the New World. With the aid of archival and field research carried out in North America, South America, and the Caribbean,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert A Voeks; John Rashford
ISBN: 9781461408352 1461408350 9781461408369 1461408369
OCLC Number: 733249498
Description: xii, 429 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction / Robert Voeks and John Rashford --
Seeds of memory : botanical legacies of the African diaspora / Judith Carney --
Did enslaved Africans spark South Carolina's eighteenth-century rice boom? / Stanley B. Alpern --
African origins of sesame cultivation in the Americas / Dorothea Bedigian --
By the rivers of Babylon : the Lowcountry basket in slavery and freedom / Dale Rosengarten --
Gathering, buying, and growing sweetgrass (Muhlenbergia sericea) : urbanization and social networking in the sweetgrass basket-making industry of Lowcountry South Carolina / Patrick T. Hurley [and others] --
Marketing, culture, and conservation value of NTFPs : case study of Afro-Ecuadorian use of Piquigua, Heteropsis ecuadorensis (Araceae) / Maria Fadiman --
Berimbau de barriga : musical ethnobotany of the Afro-Brazilian diaspora / James Sera and Robert Voeks --
Trans-atlantic diaspora ethnobotany : legacies of West African and Iberian Mediterranean migration in Central Cuba / Erica S. Moret --
What makes a plant magical? : symbolism and sacred herbs in Afro-Surinamese winti rituals / Tinde van Andel [and others] --
Medicinal and cooling teas of Barbados / Sonia Peter --
Candomble's cosmic tree and Brazil's Ficus species / John Rashford --
Exploring biocultural contexts : comparative woody plant knowledge of an indigenous and Afro-American Maroon community in Suriname, South America / Bruce Hoffman --
Ethnobotany of Brazil's African diaspora : the role of floristic homogenization / Robert Voeks.
Series Title: Springer life sciences.
Responsibility: Robert Voeks, John Rashford, editors.
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