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Kumeyaay ethnobotany : shared heritage of the Californias

Author: Michael Wilken-Robertson
Publisher: San Diego, California : Sunbelt Publications, Inc., 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First edition
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"For thousands of years the Kumeyaay have interacted with the unique vegetation in the lands now known as Baja and Alta California. In the convergence of landscapes between the Pacific Coast, the great Colorado River desert and the Baja California peninsula, these hunting, gathering, and fishing peoples forged a way of life based on a profound knowledge of the area's rich and varied environments. Over the centuries,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Terms and phrases
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Wilken-Robertson
ISBN: 9781941384305 1941384307
OCLC Number: 987156732
Description: xxix, 281 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Prehistoric landscapes of the Kumeyaay region --
2. Ethnohistory: Ancient lifeways in transition --
3. Ethnography: Dreamed, remembered, and contemporary landscapes --
4. Speaking of plants: Kumeyaay language --
5. Ethnobotanical sources and methods --
6. Catalog of native plants and their uses --
7. Reflections --
8. Kumeyaay ethnobotanical knowledge and sustainability --
9. Putting the knowledge to work --
References --
Appendix: Audio and video field recordings --
Index.
Other Titles: Shared heritage of the Californias
Responsibility: Michael Wilken-Robertson ; photos by Deborah Small, Don Bartletti, Rose Ramirez, Michael Wilken-Robertson.

Abstract:

"For thousands of years the Kumeyaay have interacted with the unique vegetation in the lands now known as Baja and Alta California. In the convergence of landscapes between the Pacific Coast, the great Colorado River desert and the Baja California peninsula, these hunting, gathering, and fishing peoples forged a way of life based on a profound knowledge of the area's rich and varied environments. Over the centuries, they continuously refined this botanical knowledge and transmitted it to subsequent generations. Spanish explorers and missionaries provided the first written descriptions of the Kumeyaay and their environments through vivid accounts of mobile bands seasonally utilizing locally available plant foods and producing ceramics, baskets, bows and arrows, and fiber nets. Only two and a half centuries ago, Spain began to occupy their land, and by 1848, Kumeyaay territory had been divided into two distinct nation states--Mexico and the United States--imposing on the region an international boundary as well as separate political and economic structures, cultures, and languages."--Provided by publisher.
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