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 defense of the “black rice hypothesis,” Alpern marshals a prodigious quantity of
primary material on pre-colonial West Africa to demonstrate that African rice (
Oryza glaberrima) and later Asian rice (O. sativa) were widely cultivated staples
Rice, specifically Oryza glaberrima Steud., was domesticated in West Africa
independently and surely without prior knowledge of the Asian domesticate, O.
sativa L. This probably happened in the first millennium BCE, most likely in what
Cutting indicated, is color. While both African and Asian kernels are white, O.
glaberrima has bran ranging from red to brown, at least when not fully mature. It
has often been called red rice, though some sativa varieties also have red bran.
one and a half tons of red rice in Guinea-Conakry that may have been unmilled O
. glaberrima (Mouser 2002a: 86 & n. 282). But the evidence lies in the presence
of O. glaberrima in the Western Hemisphere. The earliest transfer may have ...
There are hints of O. glaberrima on Caribbean islands – an early-eighteenth-
century report of slaves in Jamaica sowing subsistence rice that was hard to husk
(Sloane 1707–1725: 1:103), a specimen collected in Cuba before 1877 and kept
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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