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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In the first millennium CE, West Africans are thought to have carried O.
glaberrima to the Atlantic coast, first to the far west in Senegambia and later all
along the coast from Senegal's Saloum Delta south and east to the Axim area on
In 1519, Martín Fernández de Enciso said rice was also eaten on the coast
beyond Sierra Leone as far as Cape Three Points (just beyond Axim) in modern
Ghana (Enciso 1932: 105). By c. 1544–1545, a French sailor, Jean Alfonce,
One would think European seamen and traders would have named at least
portions of the coast for rice, its primary staple, but they chose other labels
instead: Guinea of Cape Verde, Rivers of Guinea, Rivers of the South, Ivory or
Tooth Coast, ...
as to the Atlantic coast (Hair 1976: 35). André Donelha, who visited Sierra Leone
c. 1574–1585, said it produced “the best [rice] in all our Guinea,...as attractive as
that of Valencia and very white.” His modern translator, Hair, suggested it was ...
The captains of the first two French slave ships bound for Louisiana were
instructed to buy several blacks familiar with the grain and three or four barrels of
seed on the way to pick up their main cargo at Ouidah on the Slave Coast (
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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