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The Forest Of The Lacandon Maya

Author : Suzanne Cook
ISBN : 9781461491118
Genre : Science
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The Forest of the Lacandon Maya: An Ethnobotanical Guide, with active links to audio-video recordings, serves as a comprehensive guide to the botanical heritage of the northern Lacandones. Numbering fewer than 300 men, women, and children, this community is the most culturally conservative of the Mayan groups. Protected by their hostile environment, over many centuries they maintain autonomy from the outside forces of church and state, while they continue to draw on the forest for spiritual inspiration and sustenance. In The Forest of the Lacandon Maya: An Ethnobotanical Guide, linguist Suzanne Cook presents a bilingual Lacandon-English ethnobotanical guide to more than 450 plants in a tripartite organization: a botanical inventory in which main entries are headed by Lacandon names followed by common English and botanical names, and which includes plant descriptions and uses; an ethnographic inventory, which expands the descriptions given in the botanical inventory, providing the socio-historical, dietary, mythological, and spiritual significance of most plants; and chapters that discuss the relevant cultural applications of the plants in more detail provide a description of the area’s geography, and give an ethnographic overview of the Lacandones. Active links throughout the text to original audio-video recordings demonstrate the use and preparation of the most significant plants.

Substance And Seduction

Author : Stacey Schwartzkopf
ISBN : 9781477313893
Genre : History
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Chocolate and sugar, alcohol and tobacco, peyote and hallucinogenic mushrooms—these seductive substances have been a nexus of desire for both pleasure and profit in Mesoamerica since colonial times. But how did these substances seduce? And when and how did they come to be desired and then demanded, even by those who had never encountered them before? The contributors to this volume explore these questions across a range of times, places, and peoples to discover how the individual pleasures of consumption were shaped by social, cultural, economic, and political forces. Focusing on ingestible substances as a group, which has not been done before in the scholarly literature, the chapters in Substance and Seduction trace three key links between colonization and commodification. First, as substances that were taken into the bodies of both colonizers and colonized, these foods and drugs participated in unexpected connections among sites of production and consumption; racial and ethnic categories; and free, forced, and enslaved labor regimes. Second, as commodities developed in the long transition from mercantile to modern capitalism, each substance in some way drew its enduring power from its ability to seduce: to stimulate bodies; to alter minds; to mark class, social, and ethnic boundaries; and to generate wealth. Finally, as objects of scholarly inquiry, each substance rewards interdisciplinary approaches that balance the considerations of pleasure and profit, materiality and morality, and culture and political economy.

Ecological Restoration For Protected Areas Principles Guidelines And Best Practices

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Selected Guidelines For Ethnobotanical Research

Author : Miguel N. Alexiades
ISBN : UOM:49015002949619
Genre : Nature
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This invaluable guide provides readers with information on & protocol for conducting ethnobotanical research & collecting plant specimens. Also included are examples of quantitative methods in ethnobotanical fieldwork. Three appendices complete this volume.

Mushrooms In Forests And Woodlands

Author : A. B. Cunningham
ISBN : 9781849711395
Genre : Nature
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Many mushrooms - or the 'fruits of fungi' - are extremely valuable, wild-gathered products which are utilised for both their medicinal properties and as food. In many of the world's tropical and temperate forests, they are the primary source of income for the people who live there. These forests range from temperate woodlands and small forests to high altitude forests in the Himalaya and tropical miombo woodlands in south-central Africa. In south-west China, over 200 species of wild fungi in 64 genera are commercially traded while in Europe and North America, woodlands and small forests are the source of many highly-prized mushrooms and an essential resource for many small enterprises and collectors. Yet the increased demand for timber has resulted in the rapid expansion of forestry, which in turn has destroyed the natural habitat of many fungi, unbalancing both forest economics and ecology.Despite the economic, social and cultural values of fungi, there is a general lack of understanding of their importance to local livelihoods and forest ecology. This book aims to fill this gap and extends the People and Plants Conservation Series beyond the plant kingdom into the related world of fungi and mushrooms. It demonstrates the crucial roles that fungi play in maintaining forest ecosystems and the livelihoods of rural people throughout the world while providing good practice guidelines for the sustainable management of this resource and an assessment of economic value. It brings together the perspectives of biologists, anthropologists and forest and woodland managers to provide a unique inter-disciplinary and international overview of the key issues.

Ethnobotany Of Mexico

Author : Rafael Lira
ISBN : 9781461466697
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This book reviews the history, current state of knowledge, and different research approaches and techniques of studies on interactions between humans and plants in an important area of agriculture and ongoing plant domestication: Mesoamerica. Leading scholars and key research groups in Mexico discuss essential topics as well as contributions from international research groups that have conducted studies on ethnobotany and domestication of plants in the region. Such a convocation will produce an interesting discussion about future investigation and conservation of regional human cultures, genetic resources, and cultural and ecological processes that are critical for global sustainability.

The Letter Bearer

Author : Robert Allison
ISBN : 9781619027541
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The Rider has no memory of who he is, where he is, or how he came to be lying—dying— in the brutal heat of the North African desert. Rescued by a band of deserters, the Rider begins to piece together his identity, based on shards of recollection and the letters in his mailbag. The Letter Bearer is unlike any other novel of World War Two. In the midst of profound trauma, terrible warfare, and the nameless experience of desertion, this gripping story asks us to consider how men build hope when they have nothing left—not even a name. When first published last year in London, Robert Allison’s debut novel was met with wide praise and was nominated for the Desmond Elliott Prize, described by one of its judges as “'An excellent and elegant novel written with patience and authority . . .” Readers of Michael Ondaatje and Paul Bowles will find the landscape familiar, but no reader will ever forget the haunting and haunted story of this remarkable victim.

Advances In Economic Botany

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Genre : Botany, Economic
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This invaluable guide provides readers with information on & protocol for conducting ethnobotanical research & collecting plant specimens. Also included are examples of quantitative methods in ethnobotanical fieldwork. Three appendices complete this volume.

Journal Of Ecological Anthropology

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The Handbook On Plumeria Culture

Author : Richard M. Eggenberger
ISBN : CORNELL:31924073945721
Genre : Gardening
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With the explosion of interest in colorful flowering tropicals, the Plumeria, also known as Frangipani & Hawaiian Lei Flower, has become the reigning queen of the 90's. Kathleen Van Horn of HOUSEPLANT magazine writes; "Richard & Mary Helen Eggenberger convey a thorough knowledge of plumeria culture. It's obvious the book represents years spent touring tropical gardens worldwide, working as design consultants & growing this wonderful fragrant tropical. With a unique writing style that blends the spiritual & poetic with down-to-earth practical growing advice & thorough botanical information, the Eggenbergers have created a pleasure-to-read package. Instructions for culture are very detailed & make sound sense. The photographs are beautiful." Dr. F. J. J. Pagen of the Netherlands, an expert on this plant family, writes: "I really enjoyed reading your excellent book & could almost smell the fragrance of these beautiful flowers." The Handbook describes more than 60 outstanding varieties including evergreen forms & the latest dwarf hybrids. The Department of Education, State of Hawaii calls it: "A beautiful book, ...contains such a wealth of information - it has everything." To order call Tropical Plant Specialists (706) 865-1258 or write: P.O. Box 2826, Cleveland, GA 30528-2826.

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