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.
Plantation agriculture destroyed viable traditional food production systems, causing massive Amerindian genocide and encouraging the kidnapping and enslavement of millions of Africans. Exotic useful species and weeds often turned ...
Judith Carney begins by reviewing more than two dozen plants that arrived in plantation societies during the transatlantic slave trade. She explores the agency of Africans in pioneering cultivation of familiar dietary and medicinal ...
As rice plantations spread up and down the Atlantic coast, the diffusion of AfricanAmerican winnowing baskets followed suit. By the twentieth century, with the demand for agricultural “work” baskets in sharp decline, basket makers ...
The movement of African plant and food animals across the Atlantic Ocean in the initial period of plantation development depended on the transatlantic slave trade for their dispersal. Plants and animals arrived on slave ships together ...
The movement of these biota across the Atlantic Ocean to tropical America in the first century of plantation development depended significantly on the transatlantic slave trade for their dispersal. Plants and animals arrived on slave ...
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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