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.
“Rice Coast” does not seem to have been coined until the second half of the eighteenth century, when it appeared in South Carolina publicity for the auction of newly arrived slaves. Eltis, Morgan, and Richardson dismiss it as ...
... loaded one and a half tons of red rice in Guinea-Conakry 41 3 Did Enslaved Africans Spark South Carolina's Eighteenth-Century Rice Boom? Columbian Exchange.
... Edelson 2006: 67) and is also said to have collected the grain in Costa Rica (NRC 1996: 33). Nicaragua and Honduras may also have been host to African rice (Carney 2001a: 195–196 n. 51). None of the rice that reached South Carolina ...
This strikes me as an unwarranted reductio ad absurdum of the plausible argument that it did not require great numbers of slaves with rice-growing experience to introduce their knowledge into South Carolina. Evidence for the presence of ...
... experience from West Africa to the new colony of Louisiana makes one wonder whether the English ever undertook a comparable initiative for South Carolina that did not get recorded in the historical haze of that colony's early years.
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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
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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
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Berimbau de barriga Musical Ethnobotany of the AfroBrazilian Diaspora