African Ethnobotany in the Americas
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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Drawing on papers presented at the 50th Annual Society for Economic Botany
Meeting Symposium “African Ethnobotany in the Americas,” held in 2009 in
Charleston, South Carolina, as well as contributions by other leading scholars on
Some 11 million Africans reached the shores of the Americas, for several
centuries dwarfing the demographic contribution of Iberians and other Europeans
. And yet judging by the paucity of scholarly attention, the effects of these millions
African Ethnobotany in the Americas, DOI 10.1007/978-1-4614-0836-9_2, ©
Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013 In his second book,
Ecological Imperialism, Crosby drew attention to Chapter 2: Seeds of Memory:
Such toponyms draw attention to the importance of Africa as the source of food
species critical to provisioning slave ships bound for the Americas. In this respect,
slave vessels served as an inadvertent conduit for the introduction of ...
... 35 R. Voeks and J. Rashford (eds.), African Ethnobotany in the Americas, DOI
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2013 35,000 slaving voyages that brought 10,700,000. Africans to the New ...
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African Origins of Sesame Cultivation in the Americas
Handicrafts and Crafters
By the Rivers of Babylon The Lowcountry Basket in Slavery and Freedom
Gathering Buying and Growing Sweetgrass Muhlenbergia sericea Urbanization and Social Networking in the Sweetgrass BasketMaking Industry of ...
Medicinal and Spiritual Ethno ﬂ oras
TransAtlantic Diaspora Ethnobotany Legacies of West African and Iberian Mediterranean Migration in Central Cuba
What Makes a Plant Magical? Symbolism and Sacred Herbs in AfroSurinamese Winti Rituals
Medicinal and Cooling Teas of Barbados
Ethnobotanical Continuity and Change
Candomblés Cosmic Tree and Brazils Ficus Species
Exploring Biocultural Contexts Comparative Woody Plant Knowledge of an Indigenous and AfroAmerican Maroon Community in Suriname South ...
Ethnobotany of Brazils African Diaspora The Role of Floristic Homogenization
Marketing Culture and Conservation Value of NTFPs Case Study of AfroEcuadorian Use of Piquigua Heteropsis ecuadorensis Araceae
Berimbau de barriga Musical Ethnobotany of the AfroBrazilian Diaspora