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Keeping It Living: Traditions of Plant Use and Cultivation on the Northwest Coast of North America

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The European explorers who first visited the Northwest Coast of North America assumed that the entire region was virtually untouched wilderness whose occupants used the land only minimally, hunting and gathering shoots, roots, and berries that were peripheral to a diet and culture focused on salmon. Colonizers who followed the explorers used these claims to justify the ...more
Paperback, 404 pages
Published October 10th 2005 by University of Washington Press (first published 2005)
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Norris Thomlinson
Jul 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm not that well versed in her works, but Nancy Turner has for decades been researching and publishing books on Pacific Northwest cultures and especially ethnobotany. I believe most of her work has been in British Columbia, but her books usually cover down to northern California. She's on my list of "authors to check out more".

The basic goal of this book is to prove that indigenous peoples in this region were actively cultivating crops prior to European contact. Apparently the assumption
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Jennifer
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
This is what I would consider a very heavy academic book rather than an enjoyable read for the layperson. A lot of the ideas were repeated over and over again in excruciating detail. If you are of a Phd type mindset for plants it would probably be more enjoyable. I was hoping for a practical guide on adopting Native American plant medicine into my own current life.
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I read the intro and a few selected chapters. Was interested in gaining practical knowledge and perspective and I gained that. Definitely an academic book, but of much interest to the would-be forager.
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