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Native American food plants : an ethnobotanical dictionary

Moerman, Daniel E. (Author).

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Moorhead Public Library 581.632 MOE (Text) 33500012533840 Main Available -

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  • ISBN: 1604691891
  • ISBN: 9781604691894
  • Physical Description: 455 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Portland : Timber Press, 2010.

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General Note: "This abridged work is based on the author's Native American ethnobotany published by Timber Press, Inc. in 1998."
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Formatted Contents Note: Plant use by Native Americans -- Organization of the information in Native American food plants -- Catalog of plants.
Summary, etc.: "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."--Pub. desc.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2011 March #2
    Moerman is a recognized scholar in the field of Native American ethnobotany and as such has created a masterful online database called Native American Ethnobotany (, which resides at the University of Michigan–Dearborn and catalogs "foods, drugs, dyes and fibers of Native American peoples, derived from plants." The database averages nearly 100,000 visitors per year and is widely cited. This dictionary is an abridged edition of the print Native American Ethnobotany (1998), concentrating on plant foods. The dictionary is an extremely detailed, comprehensive, and authoritative listing of "the food uses of more than 1,500 plants by 221 Native American groups." Introductory material includes a list of the 32 food-usage categories in the book (from "appetizer" to "winter use food") and a list of the Native American groups that are mentioned. The book also contains an extensive bibliography, and each entry includes a link to the number of the bibliography item from which the information came and the page on which it appeared. Also found in the volume are separate indexes of tribes, plant usages, and common plant names. The material is technical and not for the faint of heart but will serve as a wonderful companion to the website. Recommended for libraries with patrons who have a need for detailed information relating to ethnography of food plants and universities where food and food history and ethnography are important. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Plants, Edible North America Dictionaries
Indians of North America Food Dictionaries
Indians of North America Ethnobotany Dictionaries
Ethnobotany North America Dictionaries
Indians of North America Ethnobotany
Indians of North America Food
Plants, Edible
North America
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Genre: Dictionaries.
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