9781604691894

Native American Food Plants

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  • ISBN13:

    9781604691894

  • ISBN10:

    1604691891

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-10-27
  • Publisher: Timber Pr
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Summary

Based on 25 years of research that combed every historical and anthropological record of Native American ways, this unprecedented culinary dictionary documents the food uses of 1500 plants by 220 Native American tribes from early times to the present. Like anthropologist Daniel E. Moerman's previous volume, Native American Medicinal Plants, this extensive compilation draws on the same research as his monumental Native American Ethnobotany, this time culling 32 categories of food uses from an extraordinary range of species. Hundreds of plants, both native and introduced, are described. The usage categories include beverages, breads, fruits, spices, desserts, snacks, dried foods, and condiments, as well as curdling agents, dietary aids, preservatives, and even foods specifically for emergencies. Each example of tribal use includes a brief description of how the food was prepared. In addition, multiple indexes are arranged by tribe, type of food, and common names to make it easy to pursue specific research. An essential reference for anthropologists, ethnobotanists, and food scientists, this will also make fascinating reading for anyone interested in the history of wild and cultivated local foods and the remarkable practical botanical knowledge of Native American forbears.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 9
Acknowledgmentsp. 10
Plant Use by Native Americansp. 13
Plants Used as Foodsp. 13
Appreciating the Common Knowledge of Our Pastp. 15
Sources of Information on Plant Usagesp. 16
Food Usage Categoriesp. 17
Native Americansp. 18
Organization of the Information in Native American Food Plantsp. 29
Scientific Plant Namesp. 29
Common Plant Namesp. 29
Ethnobotanical Informationp. 30
Catalog of Plantsp. 31
Bibliographyp. 285
Index of Tribesp. 295
Index of Plant Usagesp. 355
Index of Common Plant Namesp. 397
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