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African Ethnobotany in the Americas

Publisher: New York, NY : Springer New York : Imprint : Springer, 2013.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : 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. the role of Africans as active  Read more...

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Additional Physical Format: Druckausg.
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
ISBN: 9781461408369 1461408369 9781461408352 1461408350
OCLC Number: 812053867
Notes: Biomedical and Life Sciences (Springer-11642).
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Contents: 1. Introduction (Robert Voeks and John Rashford)Crops and Cultivators2. Seeds of Memory: Botanical Legacies of the African Diaspora (Judith Carney)3. Did Enslaved Africans Spark South Carolina's 18th-Century Rice Boom? (Stanley B. Alpern) 4. African Origins of Sesame Cultivation in the Americas (Dorothea Bedigian)Handicrafts and Crafters5. By the Rivers of Babylon: The Lowcountry Basket in Slavery and Freedom (Dale Rosengarten)6. Gathering, Buying, and Growing Sweetgrass (Muhlenbergia sericea): Urbanization and Social Networking in the Sweetgrass Basket-Making Industry of Lowcountry South Carolina (Patrick T. Hurley, Brian Grabbatin, Cari Goetcheus, and Angela Halfacre)7. Marketing, Culture and Conservation Value of NTFPs: A Case Study of Afro-Ecuadorian Use of Piquigua (Heteropsis ecuadorensis, Araceae) (Maria Fadiman)8. Berimbau de Barriga: Musical Ethnobotany of the Afro-Brazilian Diaspora (James Sera and Robert Voeks)Medicinal and Spiritual Ethnofloras9. Trans-Atlantic Diaspora Ethnobotany: Legacies of West African and Iberian Mediterranean Migration in Central Cuba (Erica Moret) 10. What Makes a Plant Magical? Symbolism and Sacred Herbs in Afro-Surinamese Winti Rituals (Tinde van Andel, Sofie Ruysschaert, Kobeke Van de Putte, and Sara Groenendijk)11. Medicinal and Cooling Teas of Barbados (Sonia Peter)Ethnobotanical Continuity and Change12. Candomble's Cosmic Tree and Brazil's Ficus Species (John Rashford)13. Exploring Biocultural Contexts: Comparative Woody Plant Knowledge of an Indigenous and Afro-American Maroon Community in Suriname, South America (Bruce Hoffman)14. Ethnobotany of Brazil's African Diaspora: The Role of Floristic Homogenization (Robert Voeks)
Responsibility: edited by Robert Voeks, John Rashford.

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