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American Indian Healing Arts: Herbs, Rituals, and Remedies for Every Season of Life
Format: Paperback
, 1999
  • American Indian Healing Arts is a magical blend of plant lore, history, and living tradition that draws on a lifetime of study with native healers by herbalist and ethnobotanist E. Barrie Kavasch.

    Here are the time-honored tribal rituals performed to promote good health, heal illness, and bring mind and spirit into harmony with nature. Here also are dozens of safe, effective earth remedies--many of which are now being confirmed by modern research.

    Each chapter introduces a new stage in the life cycle, from the delightful Navajo First Smile Ceremony (welcoming a new baby) to the Apache Sunrise Ceremony (celebrating puberty) to the Seminole Old People's Dance.

    At the heart of the book are more than sixty easy-to-use herbal remedies--including soothing rubs for baby, a yucca face mask for troubled skin, relaxing teas, massage oils, natural insect repellents, and fragrant smudge sticks. There are also guidelines for assembling a basic American Indian medicine chest.

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Ancient Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge: Ethnobotany and Ecological Wisdom of Indigenous Peoples of Northwestern North America
Author: Nancy J. Turner
Format: Hardcover
, 2014
  • Volume 1: The History and Practice of Indigenous Plant Knowledge
    Volume 2: The Place and Meaning of Plants in Indigenous Cultures and Worldviews

    Nancy Turner has studied Indigenous peoples' knowledge of plants and environments in northwestern North America for over forty years. In Ancient Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge, she integrates her research into a two-volume ethnobotanical tour-de-force. Drawing on information shared by Indigenous botanical experts and collaborators, the ethnographic and historical record, and from linguistics, palaeobotany, archaeology, phytogeography, and other fields, Turner weaves together a complex understanding of the traditions of use and management of plant resources in this vast region. She follows Indigenous inhabitants over time and through space, showing how they actively participated in their environments, managed and cultivated valued plant resources, and maintained key habitats that supported their dynamic cultures for thousands of years, as well as how knowledge was passed on from generation to generation and from one community to another. To understand the values and perspectives that have guided Indigenous ethnobotanical knowledge and practices, Turner looks beyond the details of individual plant species and their uses to determine the overall patterns and processes of their development, application, and adaptation.

    Volume 1 presents a historical overview of ethnobotanical knowledge in the region before and after European contact. The ways in which Indigenous peoples used and interacted with plants - for nutrition, technologies, and medicine - are examined. Drawing connections between similarities across languages, Turner compares the names of over 250 plant species in more than fifty Indigenous languages and dialects to demonstrate the prominence of certain plants in various cultures and the sharing of goods and ideas between peoples. She also examines the effects that introduced species and colonialism had on the region's Indigenous peoples and their ecologies.

    Volume 2 provides a sweeping account of how Indigenous organizational systems developed to facilitate the harvesting, use, and cultivation of plants, to establish economic connections across linguistic and cultural borders, and to preserve and manage resources and habitats. Turner describes the worldviews and philosophies that emerged from the interactions between peoples and plants, and how these understandings are expressed through cultures’ stories and narratives. Finally, she explores the ways in which botanical and ecological knowledge can be and are being maintained as living, adaptive systems that promote healthy cultures, environments, and indigenous plant populations.

    Ancient Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge both challenges and contributes to existing knowledge of Indigenous peoples' land stewardship while preserving information that might otherwise have been lost. Providing new and captivating insights into the anthropogenic systems of northwestern North America, it will stand as an authoritative reference work and contribute to a fuller understanding of the interactions between cultures and ecological systems.

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Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
Traditional Territory: Potawatomi
Format: Paperback
, 2015
  • Called the work of a mesmerizing storyteller with deep compassion and memorable prose" ( Publishers Weekly ) and the book that, "anyone interested in natural history, botany, protecting nature, or Native American culture will love," by Library Journal, Braiding Sweetgrass is poised to be a classic of nature writing. As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer asks questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces indigenous teachings that consider plants and animals to be our oldest teachers. Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowledge together to take 'us on a journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise' (Elizabeth Gilbert). Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, a mother, and a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings offer us gifts and lessons, even if we've forgotten how to hear their voices.

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Cedar: Tree of Life to the Northwest Coast Indians
Author: Hilary Stewart
Format: Paperback
, 1995
  • From the giant cedar of the rainforest came a wealth of raw materials vital to the way of life, art and culture of the early First Nations people of the Northwest Coast.

    All parts of the cedar tree had many uses. From the wood, skilled men made ocean-going canoes, massive post-and-beam houses, monumental carved poles that declared history, rights and lineage, and powerful dance masks. Women dexterously wove the inner bark into mats and baskets, plied it into cordage and netting or processed it into soft, warm, water-repellent clothing. They also made the strong withes into heavy-duty rope and wove the roots into watertight baskets.

    Hilary Stewart explains, through her vivid descriptions, 550 detailed drawings and 50 photographs, the tools and techniques used, as well as the superbly crafted objects and their uses, all in the context of daily and ceremonial life. Anecdotes, oral history and the accounts of early explorers, traders, missionaries and native elders highlight the text.

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Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Northwest
Author: J. Duane Sept
Format: Paperback
, 2014
  • The edible and medicinal wild plants of the Northwest have a long history of traditional use, with some remarkable success stories. Hundreds or perhaps thousands of years’ experience with the nourishing and healing properties of indigenous plants have been passed down through generations of Native peoples. Today, some deadly diseases such as breast and ovarian cancers are treated with extracts from native plants. Many roots, flowers, leaves and stems can be eaten raw or cooked, and some plants can even be made into beer. A surprising number of common local plants make tasty, nutritious treats or relieve health troubles. Meet 66 of them in this amazing new book!

    Chapters include information on trees, shrubs, wildflowers, aquatic plants, horsetails, ferns and poisonous plants with lists of therapeutic plant uses and a medicinal glossary.

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First Nations Science and Ethnobotany Unit K to 10
Format: Paperback
, 2000
  • FIRST NATIONS Science & Ethnobotany Unit K-10

    15 individual fold outs. Each fold is designed to be used either as a total class project with direction by the teacher or as projects for individual students or teams of students. In-depth description of at least one plant native to the area, one experiment, information about plant identification, plant use and activities.

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Food Plants Of Coastal First Peoples
Author: Nancy J. Turner
Format: Paperback
, 1995
  • B.C. Science Supplementary Resouce Gr.7- Life Science

    This interesting and informative book contains descriptions and photographs of more than 100 edible plants. There is information to help the reader identify the plants, and also how the Coastal First Peoples used it.

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Food Plants Of Interior First Peoples
Author: Nancy J. Turner
Format: Paperback
, 1997
  • B.C. Science Supplementary Resouce Gr.7- Life Science

    This book describes some 300 plant species used by the people of the Okanagan, Thompson, Carrier, Chilcotin, and Kootenay, among others. Detailed botanical descriptions of the plants are accompanied by photographs and notes on their habitat and distribution as well as information on their collection, preparation, and use.

$26.95

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Garden Pests & Diseases in Canada: The Good, the Bad and the Slimy
Author: Rob Sproule
Format: Paperback
, 2015
  • Your garden is full of creepy-crawlies—some good, some bad, and nearly all ugly. Whether you decide to wage war or peacefully co-exist, Rob Sproule has the expert information and advice on
    how to identify and manage 50 of the most common pests and diseases to threaten Canadian gardens:
    • the specifics of each pest, disease, weed and beneficial insect featured
    • control options, with an emphasis on organic methods
    • interesting facts and information on lifecycles and the origins of non-native pests
    • identification of each pest and its damage
    • preventive measures to avoid the most damaging pests and diseases
    • tips for attracting beneficial insects to your garden
    • protecting your garden from pesky critters including mice and voles
    • how to deal with environmental threats such as hail and our extreme winter cold.

    Containing helpful colour photos and illustrations throughout, this book is a must for Canadian gardeners to maintain a healthy, beautiful garden.

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Herbal Teas for Health & Healing
Author: Ceres
Format: Paperback
, 1996
  • Herbal teas have their own characteristic virtues. Some are slightly stimulating, others are soothing and induce quiet sleep or act as tranquilizers. Many are tonics that can bring an "out-of-gear" system back to complete health. The author describes a wide range of tea-making herbs and gives instructions for their preparation and use.

    New edition of the classic best-seller.

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Herbs: Partners in Life
Author: Adele G Dawson
Format: Paperback
, 2000
  • Adele Dawson's classic guide to the seasonal use of herbs for food, drink, and medicine. • Clear directions for growing and using many wild and cultivated herbs. • Detailed pen-and-ink drawings help readers identify 70 herbs. With irresistible enthusiasm and an endless store of knowledge about the plant kingdom, herbalist Adele Dawson traces the human-plant relationship through the seasons, providing practical and enlightening information about every aspect of herbalism, including spring foraging, summer gourmet gardening, the preparation of remedies in autumn, and the brewing of healing potions in winter. The mysteries of preparing infusions, decoctions, tinctures, and essences are unraveled through the author's clear and cohesive chapters on how to identify, collect, and preserve herbs. Detailed pen-and-ink drawings show the essential elements of flower and leaf anatomy as well as 70 wild and cultivated plants in their budding, blossoming, and dormant stages. Sprinkled throughout the text are recipes for impromptu wild feasts such as milkweed buds tempura, directions for soothing hand lotions of marigold and milk, and an enormous variety of medicinal and culinary teas. In equal measure an herbal encyclopedia, a health-food cookbook, and a nature guide, this book deserves a place on the reference shelf of both the new and experienced herbalist.

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How to Grow a School Garden: A Complete Guide for Parents and Teachers
Format: Paperback
, 2010
  • In this groundbreaking resource, two school garden pioneers offer parents, teachers, and school administrators everything they need to know to build school gardens and to develop the programs that support them.

    Today both schools and parents have a unique opportunity — and an increasing responsibility — to cultivate an awareness of our finite resources, to reinforce values of environmental stewardship, to help students understand concepts of nutrition and health, and to connect children to the natural world. What better way to do this than by engaging young people, their families, and teachers in the wondrous outdoor classroom that is their very own school garden?

    It's all here: developing the concept, planning, fund-raising, organizing, designing the space, preparing the site, working with parents and schools, teaching in the garden, planting, harvesting, and even cooking, with kid-friendly recipes and year-round activities. Packed with strategies, to-do lists, sample letters, detailed lesson plans, and tricks of the trade from decades of experience developing school garden programs for grades K–8, this hands-on approach will make school garden projects accessible, inexpensive, and sustainable.

    Reclaiming a piece of neglected play yard and transforming it into an ecologically rich school garden is among the most beneficial activities that parents, teachers, and children can undertake together. This book provides all the tools that the school community needs to build a productive and engaging school garden that will continue to inspire and nurture students and families for years to come.

$37.95

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Indian Herbalogy of North America
Format: Paperback
, 1991
  • This encyclopedic volume describes more than 200 medicinal plants found in North America, gives directions for uses and dosages, and offers a comparison of the same plants in other cultures where herbalogy has flourished.

    Annotated bibilography.
    Illustrations.

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Medicinal Garden Plants for Canada
Author: A.H. Jackson
Format: Paperback
  • Traditionally, plants were used to treat and cure whatever ails, from cuts and burns to colds and flu, from stress and insomnia to arthritis and hemorrhoids. Now you can harness nature’s healing power in your garden. In this book, which has been seven years in development, veteran garden writers Alison Beck and A.H. Jackson feature some of the most common and easy-to-grow plants that also have medicinal qualities. Each of the 87 accounts includes:
    • medicinal properties
    • historic and contemporary healthful, healing uses
    • height, spread and hardiness
    • prominent features such as habit, flower colour and bloom time
    • planting information, including sun and soil requirements
    • tips on where and how to include it in your garden
    • recommended species and varieties
    • problems and pests
    • 175 colour photos.

    By no means a medical resource, this gardening guide is simply that— a how-to for growing medicinal plants.
















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Medicine Walk
Author: Laurie Lacey
Format: Paperback
, 1999
  • Laurie Lacey shares the tale of his insights and practices that have helped him on his personal journey of self-discovery.

    The best-selling author of Micmac Medicines and Black Spirit talks about how nature has always been a source of inspiration, enjoyment and peace for him. Lacey also discusses the benefits of special places and outlines exercises to control stress, overcome fear and improve concentration in Medicine Walk.

    Laurie Lacey is a writer and painter who lives in a cabin surrounded by woodland in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia. A naturalist and outdoor person of Mi'kmaq ancestry, he has spent much of his life gathering impressions from nature and researching the medicinal use of plants.

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