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Wild Harvest in the Heartland : Ethnobotany in Missouri's Little Dixie (Hardcover)

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This work is a detailed study of people and plants in Little Dixie, a seven-county region of central Missouri. Based on three summers of field research, Professor Nolan combines ethnoscience with folklore to document what and why people know about wild plants in this little-known section of the American Midwest. The book is organized around the cognitive and behavioral differences between local experts and ''novices'' who gather wild plant foods and medicines regularly throughout the seasons in Little Dixie. Ethnobotanical knowledge is described as an ongoing interaction between ecology and cognition, under constant modification by shifting cultural beliefs about edibility, efficacy, and sensory appeal. As consumable resources and symbols of belonging, wild plants are detailed with ethnographic context and vivid pen-and-ink sketches. Wild Harvest in the Heartland will appeal to a broad audience of anthropologists, ethnobotanists, folklorists, and ecologists, and will provide a welcome resource for naturalists, conservationists, and outdoor enthusiasts.


Publisher Univ Pr of Amer
Mfg Part# 9780761836520
SKU 203831500
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0761836527
Release Date 12/1/2007
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0097
Publisher University Press of America

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