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  • Resource Database / Crafts & Indigenous Skills / Plants, Trees & Shelters / Indigenous Plants

    Resources: 38 listings
    Name and Description Nation Location
    American Indian Ethnobotany Database
    Foods / Drugs / Dyes / Fibers of Native North America.
    ArchNet: Botanical Resources
    Internet links for Archaelogy and ethnobotany with bibliographies of botanical references.
    More sites on archnet.asu.edu
    Breeds Collection of Tobacco History Sites
      United States
    An annotated bibliography of web sites with information on the history of tobacco.
    Butterfly Garden
    By Mike MacDonald: Gardening for butterflies. A good butterfly garden includes both flowers for the butterflies to extract nectar from and host plants for the caterpillars to eat. Host plants include everlasting for the Vanessa butterflies, lupine for the Sulphurs and Silvery Blues, spirea for Spring Azures, violets for Fritillaries.
    California White Sage
      US - Southwest
    In the semi arid mountains of Southern California grows a particular type of sage that is highly revered by American Indians - White Sage (Salvia Apiana). For spiritual or medicinal purposes white sage is a powerful herb. The name salvia comes from the Latin word salveo, meaning 'to heal' (as in salvation). Apiana refers to the many bees that are attracted to its small white flowers.
    Cherokee Messenger
    Native American Herbal Remedies - list of plants (by common names) and some Cherokee medicinal uses.
    More sites on www.powersource.com
    Dan Moerman's Home Page
    Internet links to all the Botany Databases from the University of Michigan.
    Dr Z's Biography
    The first scientific paper he ever published was on the vitamin contents of edible wild plants while he was an undergraduate at the University of Cincinnati (See Vitamin paper). At an earlier point in his life he studied with a Cherokee Indian herb doctor named White Owl (Pete Whitman) for about 5 years. White Owl died when he was 87 and was living with his third wife. One of the last memorable times they had together was when they found the largest amount of wild ginseng that either of them had ever seen. They were walking at the site of a soon to be flooded valley taken over by the state of Ohio for the East Fork Lake on the Little Miami River, when they suddenly stoppped looked at each other and found themselves in the middle of a ginseng patch about twenty ft square! Because the valley was going to be destroyed by the new dam they collected all of it without any guilt. Tom has also spent time in the Appalachian Mountains talking and hiking the mountains with old herb hunters and exploring.
    Early Uses of Indian Tobacco in California
      US - Southwest
    By Edward K. Balls University Of California Press Indian Tobacco (Nicotiana) Indian Tobacco is found growing in the washes, on dryish plains and mesas, and in open valleys through out a large part of California, below 8000 feet. There are at least three kinds which were used as smoking tobacco by the Indians: N. Bigelovii, N. attenuata, and N. glauca. It would appear that the practice of smoking was more general in northern than in southern and eastern California. Smoking was really more a "cult," particularly among the tribes of the lower Klamath area. In the Karok economy, smoking was not practiced for pleasure but always for some definite end: as a part of the day's routine, or as a rite prescribed by the tribal customs.
    More sites on www.tobacco.org
    Eastern Native Seed Conservancy
    Dedicated to the biocultural conservation of economic plant resources, especially food and medicinal plants, adapted or endemic to the Northeastern United States, with special consideration to those plants of Native American origin or usage. We are a grassroots oriented solution for the conservation of these resources in a sustainable manner, through seed collection, propagation, seed banking, and redistribution.
    Economic Aspects of Tobacco
    Colonial Period 1612-1776; It was the "staple" of the Chesapeake colonies in a broader sense than any other staple the world has known. For, in the ancient province, all the processes of government society and domestic life began and ended with tobacco.
    More sites on www.tobacco.org
    Economic Botany
    Ethnobotany: Edible/Medicinal/Useful Plants - Literature Useful to the Study of Florida Plants, by Kent D. Perkins, University of Florida Herbarium [ Literature Useful...contents | UF Herbarium | Florida Museum of Natural History ]
    Growing Tips for Native Plants -- Open Space & Mountain Parks
      US - West
    Native Wildflowers -- Native Grasses --Native Trees & Shrubs -- Colorado Native Plant Society: List of Native Plants Recommended for Horticulture -- OSMP Wildflower Brochure -- Weed Gallery - Don't Plant These!
    Henriette's Herbal Homepage
    Medicinal and Culinary herbfaqs - neat stuff pulled off newsgroups and mailing lists / herbal newsgroup and mailing list archives: files / the medicinal herblist archives / the culinary herblist archives / the herbinfo -list archives / news:alt.folklore.herbs archives / some links I like / some plant pictures / the plant name database files / links to the ftp files on SunSITE.unc.edu, / full mirrors of Michael Moore's and Howie Brounstein's websites, as well as other goodies / some good herb programs (shareware)
    More sites on ibiblio.org
    Herb Production and Marketing
    Sources of Information - by Laurie Hodges, Extension Vegetable Specialist, Department of Horticulture
    Herbal Hall
    Discussion list for professional herbalists and database for medicinal herbalism - Features - Reference - Publications - Herb Walk - Sources of Herbs - Herb Files - For Beginners - Search Page - Links to Other Sites
    Herbal Index Online
    Learn about St. John's wort, echinacea, ginseng, saw palmetto, kava kava, valerian root and hundreds of other herbal remedies.
    Our focus will be to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of herbal remedies versus traditional pharmaceuticals For example why would someone take St. John's Wort vs Prozac or vice versa? We will also be interested in addressing the question: why do plants make these chemicals that effect us so strongly?
    Herbage: tryptamines links Herbage - Fourth Edition Copyright 1996 by Tim Johnson All Rights Reserved PLANTS - 6.2 MB Action - 505 KB Body - 50 KB Contains - 31 KB Family - 188 KB Habitat - 14 KB Illness - 802 KB Indigenous Use - 305 KB Common Name - 770 KB Range - 2.5 MB Use - 5.9 MB herbage4.zip - 2.5 MB
    Indigenous Agriculture
    Indigenous knowledge is local knowledge unique to a given culture or society. Indigenous agricultural and environmental knowledge gained global recognition through the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in 1992, and documents such as the World Conservation Strategy (International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) 1980) and Brundtland Commission's Our Common Future (World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED) 1987). Indigenous knowledge is an immensely valuable resource that provides humankind with insights on how communities have interacted with their changing environment.
    More sites on www.ciesin.org
    Internet Directory for Botany - Canada
    Arboreta and Botanical Gardens *** Botanical Societies, International Botanical Organizations *** Biologists' Addresses *** Botanical Museums, Herbaria, Natural History Museums *** Checklists and Floras, Taxonomical Databases, Vegetation *** Conservation and Threatened Plants *** Economic Botany, Ethnobotany *** Gardening *** Images *** Journals, Book, Literature Databases, Publishers *** Link Collections, Resource Guides *** Listservers and Newsgroups *** Lower Plants and Fungi *** Other Resources *** Paleobotany, Palynology, Pollen *** Software *** University Departments, Other Institutes *** Vascular Plant Families IDB Mirroring System *** What's New *** IDB Search Engines
    Laboratory of Ethnobotany
      US - Northeast
    Curator: Dr. Richard Ford - University of Michigan - The Ethnobotany laboratory houses extensive collections of domesticated plants from around the world as well as specimens recovered from archaeological sites. The laboratory produces analysis reports for submitted specimens.
    More sites on www.umma.lsa.umich.edu
    Laurie Lacey's Wild World of Plants
    Quarterly Notes and Drawings / Links to Other Sources of Information / Catalog of Products and Services / winter's past / spring's past / summer's past / fall's past
    Maryland Native Plants
      US - Northeast
    Articles in this section were written by Master Gardener Louisa Thompson. As a clinical psychologist and gardener, Ms. Thompson examines the benefits of the relationship between psychology and ecology for mental health. She believes that direct contact with nature can serve as a healing process for everyone.
    Medicinal plants and herbs start page
      Europe & Russia
    Non-commercial Netherland based site founded to meet the need for information about the use and the handling of medicinal plants, herbs and wild plants.
    Mesolithic Food Quiz; Hunter-gatherers of the Stone Age
    Could you survive today as a hunter gatherer? The hunter-gatherers of the Stone Age did not plant their own crops, but lived off the plants which grew around them, taking fungi, leaves and flowers, and nuts and berries. Some are good to eat, but some are poisonous. To survive as a hunter-gatherer you have to know which you can eat and which to avoid. Among the plants shown, do you know which you can eat? Take your pick.
    Michael Moore - SW School of Botanical Medicine Home Page
      US - Southwest
    Medicinal Plant Images / Medicinal Plants: Manuals, Folios, Classic Texts, Research / Medicinal Plants: Resources, FAQs, Regional plant checklists / Commercial publications by Michael Moore: Information, reviews, and sources
    Medicinal Plants of Native America - Search by: Author, Common_name, Family, Genus, Specific_use, Taxon, Tribe, or Use.
    National Center - plants
      US - Northeast
    Nestled on 68 acres of rolling land near Rutland in Meigs County, Ohio, the National Center for the Preservation of Medicinal Herbs is a not-for-profit research facility and preserve. Advised by a council of manufacturers, retailers, herbalists, environmentalists, media, growers and researchers, it cultivates and studies medicinal herbs that are at risk of extinction.
    Native Way - Plant Identification List
      United States
    Section headings are by Tribe/Nation/Region. Plants are listed alphabetically by scientific or botanical name. We hope providing this list will help you find native plants more easily and safely.
    More sites on www.wisdomkeepers.org
      US - Northeast
    Wild rice grows as tall reeds 8 to 12 foot in flowing water 3 to 8 foot deep in what is now Wisconsin, Minnesota and marshes north of the great lakes. There are thousands of different varieties, each growing in its own particular niche of depth, temperature, mud and water quality.
    More sites on www.mnsu.edu
    Shawnee Wegiwa
    Shawnee US - Northeast
    Unlike the Plains Indians, who could dismantle their dwellings and take their housing with them, the Shawnee built permanent structures that had to be left behind. It might be expected that a people who moved as often as the Shawnee would adopt movable houses similar to the teepee used by the Indians on the Western Plains. But conditions in the Eastern Woodlands differed from those in the Plains in several respects. Unlike the Plains, the Woodlands offered an abundant supply of materials for houses, a circumstance making it unnecessary to transport such materials from place to place.
    More sites on www.geocities.com
    Southwestern Archaeology - Ethnobotany and Paleoethnobotany
      US - Southwest
    By Michael A. Pfeiffer - This bibliography is intended only as a general overview of ethnobotany and paleoethnobotany. The primary thrust is food. Also included are references on domesticated and wild foodstuffs, dendrochronology, pollen analysis, medicine, culturally scarred trees (an important site category in western North America), tobacco, and mescalism & peyotism. In order to prevent this bibliography from becoming a compendium of all archaeological knowledge of anything organic, certain artifact classes were omitted. These include weapons, netting, matting, wooden figurines, structures, water craft, basketry, and textiles. The references on maize or corn were only sampled (believe it or not) due to the voluminous nature of the available literature.
    More sites on wings.buffalo.edu
    Tyler Arboretum (Native Woodland Walk)
      US - Northeast
    Native Woodland Walk was established in the late 1970s as a collection of representative plants native to the eastern region of the United States. The walk, formerly named the Golden Walk in honor of Pennsylvania forester Thomas Henry Golden, was renamed in 1992 to be more descriptive of the walk's special purpose and its contents.
    Unusual and Noteworthy Plants
    In the spirit of sharing information on the fabulous Internet Superhighway, and the quest for knowledge, WAYNE'S WORD is featuring little-known and unusual plants of the world. These are mostly plants brought to Professor Armstrong by curious students who wanted to know more about the plants, or perhaps wanted to get a better grade in biology
    More sites on waynesword.palomar.edu
    USDA, NRCS, National Plant Data Center
      United States
    The National Plant Data Center (NPDC) focuses resources on the acquisition, development, integration, quality control, dissemination and access of plant information; NPDC incorporates new plant technology into the agency's automated tools. The NPDC is responsible for the PLANTS database, which focuses on the vascular and nonvascular plants of the United States and its territories. The PLANTS database includes checklists, distributional data, crop information, plants symbols, plant growth data, references and other plant information. PLANTS reduces costs by preventing the duplication of efforts and by making information exchange possible across agencies and disciplines.
    Virtual Plant Walks - University of Connecticut
    Deciduous and Evergreen Woody Plant Species
    What is Crop Evolution? - PLB143 - Lecture 01
    We are what we eat: Changes in diet over time and space. How is crop evolution different from natural evolution? Original California Native American Diet. Pre-Columbian Civilisations. Foods of the Aztecs. Plant Species Used by the Mixtecs of Guerrero, Mexico (Caballero 1994). Features of Crop Evolution. Importance of Crop Evolution Studies.

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