African Ethnobotany in the Americas

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Robert Voeks, John Rashford
Springer Science & Business Media, 2012 M09 25 - 429 páginas

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, contributors explore the historical, environmental, and political-ecological factors that facilitated/hindered transatlantic ethnobotanical diffusion; the role of Africans as active agents of plant and plant knowledge transfer during the period of plantation slavery in the Americas; the significance of cultural resistance in refining and redefining plant-based traditions; the principal categories of plant use that resulted; the exchange of knowledge among Amerindian, European and other African peoples; and the changing significance of African-American ethnobotanical traditions in the 21st century.

Bolstered by abundant visual content and contributions from renowned experts in the field, African Ethnobotany in the Americas is an invaluable resource for students, scientists, and researchers in the field of ethnobotany and African Diaspora studies.

 

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Contenido

Introduction
1
Crops and Cultivators
12
Seeds of Memory Botanical Legacies of the African Diaspora
13
Did Enslaved Africans Spark South Carolinas EighteenthCentury Rice Boom?
35
African Origins of Sesame Cultivation in the Americas
67
Handicrafts and Crafters
122
By the Rivers of Babylon The Lowcountry Basket in Slavery and Freedom
123
Gathering Buying and Growing Sweetgrass Muhlenbergia sericea Urbanization and Social Networking in the Sweetgrass BasketMaking Industry of ...
153
Medicinal and Spiritual Ethno fl oras
216
TransAtlantic Diaspora Ethnobotany Legacies of West African and Iberian Mediterranean Migration in Central Cuba
217
What Makes a Plant Magical? Symbolism and Sacred Herbs in AfroSurinamese Winti Rituals
247
Medicinal and Cooling Teas of Barbados
285
Ethnobotanical Continuity and Change
310
Candomblés Cosmic Tree and Brazils Ficus Species
311
Exploring Biocultural Contexts Comparative Woody Plant Knowledge of an Indigenous and AfroAmerican Maroon Community in Suriname South ...
335
Ethnobotany of Brazils African Diaspora The Role of Floristic Homogenization
394

Marketing Culture and Conservation Value of NTFPs Case Study of AfroEcuadorian Use of Piquigua Heteropsis ecuadorensis Araceae
175
Berimbau de barriga Musical Ethnobotany of the AfroBrazilian Diaspora
195

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Robert A. Voeks is Professor of Geography at California State University, Fullerton.

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