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Enduring Seeds: Native American Agriculture and Wild Plant Conservation

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  61 ratings  ·  8 reviews

As biological diversity continues to shrink at an alarming rate, the loss of plant species poses a threat seemingly less visible than the loss of animals but in many ways more critical. In this book, one of America's leading ethnobotanists warns about our loss of natural vegetation and plant diversity while providing insights into traditional Native agricultural practices

Paperback, 225 pages
Published April 1st 1991 by North Point Press (first published 1989)
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One of the first books I read about the importance of heritage seeds, and locally grown food. Nabhan is a poetic science writer, and an excellent interviewer, he underscores that the problems faced by Native people in preserving their health and heritage is a problem we will all face.
I chose two stars for two reasons. One, the book was written in 1989 and back then, it hopefully raised awareness of the current issues of loosing indigenous seed stock and the cultures who kept them, but now, reading it gives a sense of hopelessness; and the second reason is it is a depressing read. There is some good information, but honestly, I couldn't finish reading the book as it brought me down too much. However, it did have a positive outcome, one probably intended by the author, it rein ...more
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Interesting perspective on Native American cultures from an ethnobotanist and plant collector. I started reading this book in preparation for my visit to VA later this week. Emma and I will be attending a cider tasting at a cultural venue where Nabhan is a scientist in residence, or something like that. I particularly enjoyed the chapter on sunflowers, and I'm looking forward to reading a few more of Nabhan's books. They definitely remind me of why I've chosen my career path. I look forward to c ...more
If you are interested in native American heritage with their indigenous plants and seeds and the challenges that are faced with maintaining that heritage this is a great book. I found the subject quite interesting and the author presented it in a manner that was easy to read.
Interesting, some pieces useful for a lecture I gave on local agriculture. Cited Basso and Diamond, so I feel like I've unconciously given myself a syllabus.
Liz Nutt
It started out reading like a textbook, but quickly picked up. I thought the subject was interesting, and the book very beautifully written.
Apr 30, 2008 Patrick marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
just read an article about this dude's new book "Renewing America's Food Traditions" but couldn't find a page for it here.
Oct 21, 2009 Andrea marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
the first chapter is shit.
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Gary Paul Nabhan is an internationally-celebrated nature writer, seed saver, conservation biologist and sustainable agriculture activist who has been called "the father of the local food movement" by Utne Reader, Mother Earth News, Carleton College and Unity College. Gary is also an orchard-keeper, wild forager and Ecumenical Franciscan brother in his hometown of Patagonia, Arizona near the Mexica ...more
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