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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
  • 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.


Animal Tracks & Signs of the Northwest
Author: J. Duane Sept
Format: Paperback
  • Welcome to the secret world of tracks, sign and the animals that made them. Signs of the who, what and where of wildlife are all around us, even when their makers are too shy to come closer. This new guide is the key to unlocking the natural world that shares our environment, by day and by night. All we have to do is take the time to observe and interpret the signs.

    The book features nearly 50 species with photos of tracks, scat and other signs, as well as drawings of tracks, track patterns, distribution maps and interesting details on the appearance, habitat and behavior of each species. Information on 20 additional species is also included, to help identify other species in the area and to distinguish one animal from another. There is even a ruler on the back cover. Tracking is detective work—fun, stimulating and very inspiring for anyone who is ready to “meet” the animals that share our landscape, by studying the fascinating clues they leave behind.


Bernardin Complete Book of Home Preserving: 400 Delicious and Creative Recipes for Today
Format: Paperback
  • From the experts, the definitive book on home preserving.

    Bernardin Home Canning Products are the gold standard in home preserving supplies, the trademark jars on display in stores every summer from coast to coast. Now the experts at Bernardin have written a book destined to become the Bernardin "bible" of home preserving. As nutrition and food quality have become more important, home canning and preserving has increased in popularity for the benefits it offers:
    - Cooks gain control of the ingredients, including organic fruits and vegetables.
    - Preserving foods at their freshest point locks in nutrition.
    - The final product is free of chemical additives and preservatives.
    - Store-bought brands cannot match the wonderful flavor of homemade.
    - Only a few hours are needed to put up a batch of jam or relish.
    - Home preserves make a great personal gift any time of year.

    The 400 innovative and enticing recipes include everything from salsas and savory sauces to pickles, chutneys, relishes and, of course, jams, jellies and fruit spreads. You'll find such treats as:
    - Mango-Raspberry Jam
    - Crabapple Jelly
    - Green Pepper Jelly
    - Pickled Asparagus
    - Roasted Red Pepper Spread
    - Tomatillo Salsa
    - Brandied Apple Rings
    - Apricot-Date Chutney

    The book includes comprehensive directions on safe canning and preserving methods, plus lists of required equipment and utensils. Specific instructions for first-timers and handy tips for the experienced make the Complete Book of Home Preserving a valuable addition to any kitchen library.


Crafts and Skills of the Native Americans: Tipis, Canoes, Jewelry, Moccasins, and More
Format: Paperback
  • Crafts and Skills of Native Americans is a fascinating, practical guide to the skills that have made Native Americans famous worldwide as artisans and craftsmen. Readers can replicate traditional Native American living by trying a hand at brain tanning, identifying animal tracks, or constructing a horse saddle. Readers can even make distinctive Native American beaded jewelry, a variety of moccasins, headdresses, and gourd rattles. Native American style is unique and popular, especially among young people, historians, and those with a special interest in the American West


Food Plants Of Coastal First Peoples
Author: Nancy J. Turner
Format: Paperback
  • 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.


Food Plants Of Interior First Peoples
Author: Nancy J. Turner
Format: Paperback
  • 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.


Garden Pests & Diseases in Canada: The Good, the Bad and the Slimy
Author: Rob Sproule
Format: Paperback
  • 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.


Guide to Minerals, Rocks and Fossils
Format: Paperback
  • A detailed and extensively illustrated handbook.

    The colors, shapes and properties of minerals vary from the bland to the magnificent. Guide to Minerals, Rocks and Fossils is a practical and authoritative handbook that is both comprehensive and easy to use.

    Each of the 600 specimens is shown in full color, sometimes in two or more forms. There are also drawings that show the structure of the crystalline specimens. It covers the basics like granite, as well as oddities like meteorites and tektites.

    Fossils include sponges, corals, arthropods, brachiopods, and fossil land plants.

    Each is described in detail, with notes on:

    - color and transparency
    - grain size
    - hardness
    - structure
    - occurrence
    - mineralogy
    - distinguishing features
    - habit
    - cleavage
    - texture
    - alteration
    - luster

    Mineral names, chemical formulae and structural data accord to international standards. This is a very complete, but attractive and useful volume in a respected series.


How To Grow Food: A Step-by-step Guide to Growing All Kinds of Fruits, Vegetables, Herbs, Salads and More
Format: Paperback
  • How to Grow Food is a complete, illustrated guide to the hundreds of plants that are easy to grow in the home garden. The author emphasizes gardening techniques that can be applied to any size of garden, from a window box to a small side yard plot to the biggest backyard.

    This practical book features a comprehensive directory of more than 125 crop plants, from traditional choices to more unusual varieties, to suit all growing conditions in all regions using simple organic and biodynamic gardening methods. Gardeners can choose from roots and tubers; leafy crops; seed and fruit crops; grains; peppers and chilies; stem and flower crops; tree fruits; soft, bush and cane fruits; tender fruits; nuts; herbs; and edible flowers.

    How to Grow Food features thorough instructions and a month-by-month calendar of tasks, plus:

    - Types of gardens and choosing the best site
    - Designing, preparing and planting a productive garden
    - Maximizing the use of space, such as vertical planting and fruit cages
    - Harvesting, storing and preserving
    - Training and pruning plants for maximum yield
    - Tools, pests, weeds and growing from seed
    - Helpful dos and don'ts
    - Plant ratings related to variety, value, maintenance and season
    - The author's special selection of star plants.


Hungry for Change: Farmers, Food Justive and the Agarian Question
Format: Paperback
  • Hunger and obesity sit side by side in the world today because a food system dominated by money, markets and profits allows those with money to obtain above and beyond their needs while those without cannot get the fundamentals of life. The result is a growing polarization of global agriculture, between a small number of haves and an ever-increasing number of have-nots. In Hungry for Change, Haroon Akram-Lodhi explains how capitalism was introduced into farming and how it transformed the terms and conditions by which farmers produce food. Written in accessible language and incorporating accounts from farmers and agricultural workers, this book explains how the creation, structure and operation of the capitalist world food system is marginalizing family farmers, small-scale peasant farmers and landless rural workers as it entrenches us all in a global subsistence crisis. Building upon the idea of food sovereignty, Akram-Lodhi develops a set of additional solutions to resolve the current crisis of the world food system”


Kayaks You Can Build: An Illustrated Guide to Plywood Construction
Format: Paperback
  • The definitive handbook for kayak builders.

    Kayaks are growing in popularity as a fun, low-impact way to explore the wilderness or paddle on local waters.

    Combining easy-to-follow instructions with 472 color photographs, Kayaks You Can Build takes the reader, step-by-step, through the entire construction cycle of building a plywood kayak.

    This simple construction process demands neither special skills nor a woodworking shop.

    This book includes:
    - A short history of the kayak
    - How to choose the right kayak for your needs and skill level
    - Setting up your work area and how to build a work table and cradle forms
    - Details of all the necessary tools, materials and supplies
    - Tricks of the trade from ensuring the boat stays twist-free during construction to laying fiberglass cloth the easy way for a great finish
    - Minimizing exposure to toxic fumes and dust
    - How to avoid and correct mistakes.

    This book includes day-to-day building journals for the three most popular kayak kits. A typical stitch and glue kayak kit contains pre-cut plywood planks, epoxy and hardware.

    Drawing on more than thirty years of boatbuilding and teaching experience, Kayaks You Can Build enables the first-time builder to assemble a kayak with truly professional results.


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.


Mini Encyclopedia of Chicken Breeds and Care: A Color Directory of the Most Popular Breeds and Their Care
Author: Frances Bassom
Format: Paperback
  • A comprehensive and richly illustrated guide to keeping chickens.

    Chickens kept as pets are increasingly popular, even in urban environments, as more and more people discover it is easy to keep chickens, even in a small backyard. They make excellent pets and offer the immeasurable benefit of a free and ready supply of fresh eggs.

    The expert author alerts the many newcomers to chicken-keeping to the amazing variety of breeds available -- more than 100 registered pure breeds and bantams, as well as many hybrids.

    This beautifully illustrated reference provides essential advice about the housing and care of chickens, as well as profiles of more than 70 of the most popular breeds, with details such as:

    - History and origins
    - Weight ranges
    - Egg characteristics
    - Physical appearance
    - Behavior.

    The Mini Encyclopedia of Chicken Breeds and Care provides an unrivalled depth of practical information, and it features more than 500 specially commissioned color photographs. From the plump, cushionlike beauty of the Buff Orpington to the extravagantly ornamental bantams, readers will discover there is a chicken breed that ideally suits them.


Native American Food Plants: An Ethnobotanical Dictionary
Format: Hardcover
  • Based on 25 years of research that combed every historical and anthropological record of Native American ways, this unprecedented culinary dictionary documents the food uses of 1500 plants by 220 Native American tribes from early times to the present.

    Like anthropologist Daniel E. Moerman s previous volume, Native American Medicinal Plants, this extensive compilation draws on the same research as his monumental Native American Ethnobotany, this time culling 32 categories of food uses from an extraordinary range of species. Hundreds of plants, both native and introduced, are described. The usage categories include beverages, breads, fruits, spices, desserts, snacks, dried foods, and condiments, as well as curdling agents, dietary aids, preservatives, and even foods specifically for emergencies. Each example of tribal use includes a brief description of how the food was prepared. In addition, multiple indexes are arranged by tribe, type of food, and common names to make it easy to pursue specific research.

    An essential reference for anthropologists, ethnobotanists, and food scientists, this will also make fascinating reading for anyone interested in the history of wild and cultivated local foods and the remarkable practical botanical knowledge of Native American forbears.


Native American Medicinal Plants An Ethnobotanical Dictionary
Format: Paperback
  • In Native American Medicinal Plants, anthropologist Daniel E. Moerman describes the medicinal use of more than 2700 plants by 218 Native American tribes. Information -- adapted from the same research used to create the monumental Native American Ethnobotany -- includes 82 categories of medicinal uses, ranging from analgesics, contraceptives, gastrointestinal aids, hypotensive medicines, sedatives, and toothache remedies. Native American Medicinal Plants includes extensive indexes arranged by tribe, usage, and common name, making it easy to access the wealth of information in the detailed catalog of plants. It is an essential reference for students and professionals in the fields of anthropology, botany, and naturopathy and an engaging read for anyone interested in ethnobotany and natural healing.

    Daniel E. Moerman is the William E. Stirton Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan - Dearborn, so recognized for his distinguished scholarship, teaching, and professional accomplishments. He lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

    800 pages


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