ISBN-10:
0761836535
ISBN-13:
9780761836537
Pub. Date:
05/30/2007
Publisher:
UPA
Wild Harvest in the Heartland: Ethnobotany in Missouri's Little Dixie / Edition 1

Wild Harvest in the Heartland: Ethnobotany in Missouri's Little Dixie / Edition 1

by Justin M. NolanJustin M. Nolan

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Overview

This work is a detailed study of people and plants in Little Dixie, a seven-county region of central Missouri. Based on three summers of field research, Professor Nolan combines ethnoscience with folklore to document what and why people know about wild plants in this little-known section of the American Midwest. The book is organized around the cognitive and behavioral differences between local experts and 'novices' who gather wild plant foods and medicines regularly throughout the seasons in Little Dixie. Ethnobotanical knowledge is described as an ongoing interaction between ecology and cognition, under constant modification by shifting cultural beliefs about edibility, efficacy, and sensory appeal. As consumable resources and symbols of belonging, wild plants are detailed with ethnographic context and vivid pen-and-ink sketches. Wild Harvest in the Heartland will appeal to a broad audience of anthropologists, ethnobotanists, folklorists, and ecologists, and will provide a welcome resource for naturalists, conservationists, and outdoor enthusiasts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761836537
Publisher: UPA
Publication date: 05/30/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 100
Product dimensions: 6.06(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.33(d)

About the Author

Justin M. Nolan, Ph.D. is Research Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Arkansas. He was the recipient of the Students' Choice Teaching Award from the University of Missouri in 2000 and presently holds a position on the Board of Trustees for the Society of Ethnobiology. Professor Nolan continues to pursue fieldwork in ethnobiology and regional folklore in the American South.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Acknowledgements Part 2 Preface Chapter 3 Scope of the Study Chapter 4 The Study Region and its People Chapter 5 Research Methods Chapter 6 The Ethnobotany of Little Dixie Chapter 7 Ethnobotanical Knowledge Variation in Little Dixie Chapter 8 The Ecology of Ethnobotanical Knowledge Chapter 9 Ethnobotanical Classification among Experts and Novices Chapter 10 Conclusion Part 11 Bibliography Part 12 Appendix

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