Iw  gara Book

Iw gara

  • Author : Enrique Salmón
  • Publisher : Timber Press
  • File Size : 5,8 Mb
  • Release Date : 2020-09-15
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 694
  • ISBN 10 : 9781643260341


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In this powerful book, Salmón reveals the deep relationship between people and plants by exploring 80 plants of importance to American Indians.

Tarahumara Medicine Book

Tarahumara Medicine

  • Author : Fructuoso Irigoyen-Rascón
  • Publisher : University of Oklahoma Press
  • File Size : 5,5 Mb
  • Release Date : 2015-10-13
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 417
  • ISBN 10 : 9780806152714


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The Tarahumara, one of North America’s oldest surviving aboriginal groups, call themselves Rarámuri, meaning “nimble feet”—and though they live in relative isolation in Chihuahua, Mexico, their agility in long-distance running is famous worldwide. Tarahumara Medicine is the first in-depth look into the culture that sustains the “great runners.” Having spent a decade in Tarahumara communities, initially as a medical student and eventually as a physician and cultural observer, author Fructuoso Irigoyen-Rascón is uniquely qualified as a guide to the Rarámuri’s approach to medicine and healing. In developing their healing practices, the Tarahumaras interlaced religious lore, magic, and careful observations of nature. Irigoyen-Rascón thoroughly situates readers in the Rarámuri’s environment, describing not only their health and nutrition but also the mountains and rivers surrounding them and key aspects of their culture, from long-distance kick-ball races to corn beer celebrations and religious dances. He describes the Tarahumaras’ curing ceremonies, including their ritual use of peyote, and provides a comprehensive description of Tarahumara traditional herbal remedies, including their botanical characteristics, attributed effects, and uses. To show what these practices—and the underlying concepts of health and disease—might mean to the Rarámuri and to the observer, Irigoyen-Rascón explores his subject from both an outsider and an insider (indigenous) perspective. Through his balanced approach, Irigoyen-Rascón brings to light relationships between the Rarámuri healing system and conventional medicine, and adds significantly to our knowledge of indigenous American therapeutic practices. As the most complete account of Tarahumara culture ever written, Tarahumara Medicine grants readers access to a world rarely seen—at once richly different from and inextricably connected with the ideas and practices of Western medicine.

Biodiversity and Native America Book

Biodiversity and Native America

  • Author : Paul E. Minnis
  • Publisher : University of Oklahoma Press
  • File Size : 6,7 Mb
  • Release Date : 2001-08-01
  • Genre: Nature
  • Pages : 324
  • ISBN 10 : 0806133457


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Exploring the relationship between Native Americans and the natural world, Biodiversity and Native America questions the widespread view that indigenous peoples had minimal ecological impact in North America. Introducing a variety of perspectives - ethnopharmacological, ethnographic, archaeological, and biological - this volume shows that Native Americans were active managers of natural ecological systems. The book covers groups from the sophisticated agriculturalists of the Mississippi River drainage region to the low-density hunter-gatherers of arid western North America. This book allows readers to develop accurate restoration, management, and conservation models through a thorough knowledge of native peoples’ ecological history and dynamics. It also illustrates how indigenous peoples affected environmental patterns and processes, improving crop diversity and agricultural patterns.

Restoring the Kinship Worldview Book

Restoring the Kinship Worldview

  • Author : Wahinkpe Topa (Four Arrows)
  • Publisher : North Atlantic Books
  • File Size : 10,9 Mb
  • Release Date : 2022-04-12
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9781623176433


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Selected speeches from Indigenous leaders around the world--necessary wisdom for our times, nourishment for our collective, and a path away from extinction toward a sustainable, interconnected future. Indigenous worldviews, and the knowledge they confer, are critical for human survival and the wellbeing of future generations. Editors Wahinkpe Topa (Four Arrows) and Darcia Narvaez present 28 powerful excerpted passages from Indigenous leaders, including Mourning Dove, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Winona LaDuke, and Xiuhtezcatl Martinez. Accompanied by the editors’ own analyses, each chapter reflects the wisdom of Indigenous worldview precepts like: • Egalitarian rule versus hierarchical governance • A fearless trust in the universe, instead of a fear-based culture • The life-sustaining role of ceremony • Emphasizing generosity and the greater good instead of pursuing selfish goals and for personal gain • The laws of nature as the highest rules for living The editors emphasize our deep need to move away from the dominant Western paradigm--one that dictates we live without strong social purpose, fails to honor the earth as sacred, leads with the head while ignoring the heart, and places individual “rights” over collective responsibility. Restoring the Kinship Worldview is rooted in an Indigenous vision and strong social purpose that sees all life forms as sacred and sentient--that honors the wisdom of the heart, and grants equal standing to rights and responsibilities. Inviting readers into a world-sense that expands beyond perceiving and conceiving to experiencing and being, Restoring the Kinship Worldview is a salve for our times, a nourishment for our collective, and a holistic orientation that will lead us away from extinction toward an integrated, sustainable future.

The Earth s Blanket Book

The Earth s Blanket

  • Author : Nancy J. Turner
  • Publisher : University of Washington Press
  • File Size : 10,5 Mb
  • Release Date : 2015-08-03
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780295997865


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This is a thought-provoking look at Native American stories, cultural institutions, and ways of knowing, and what they can teach us about living sustainably.

Eating the Landscape Book

Eating the Landscape

  • Author : Enrique Salm—n
  • Publisher : University of Arizona Press
  • File Size : 11,9 Mb
  • Release Date : 2012-05-01
  • Genre: Cooking
  • Pages : 185
  • ISBN 10 : 9780816530113


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Examines historical and cultural knowledge of traditional Indigenous foodways that are rooted in an understanding of environmental stewardship.

A Handbook of Native American Herbs Book

A Handbook of Native American Herbs

  • Author : Alma R. Hutchens
  • Publisher : Shambhala Publications
  • File Size : 19,6 Mb
  • Release Date : 1992-11-10
  • Genre: Health & Fitness
  • Pages : 346
  • ISBN 10 : 9780877736998


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The author of ‘the bible on herbalism’ returns with a portable guide on North American medicinal herbs—for the professional and amateur herbalist alike Based on the now-classic reference text Indian Herbalogy of North America, this illustrated pocket guide is the perfect companion for those eager to expand their knowledge of herbal healing. Through detailed descriptions and illustrations, Alma R. Hutchens walks readers through: • 125 of the most useful medicinal herbs found in North America, and their uses • How to create herbal remedies for common ailments • The herbal traditions of North America and other lands Entries include staples of folk medicine such as echinacea and slippery elm as well as common kitchen herbs—from parsley to thyme to pepper—whose tonic and healing properties are less widely known.

Fresh Banana Leaves Book

Fresh Banana Leaves

  • Author : Jessica Hernandez, Ph.D.
  • Publisher : North Atlantic Books
  • File Size : 19,5 Mb
  • Release Date : 2022-01-18
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781623176068


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An Indigenous environmental scientist breaks down why western conservationism isn't working--and offers Indigenous models informed by case studies, personal stories, and family histories that center the voices of Latin American women and land protectors. Despite the undeniable fact that Indigenous communities are among the most affected by climate devastation, Indigenous science is nowhere to be found in mainstream environmental policy or discourse. And while holistic land, water, and forest management practices born from millennia of Indigenous knowledge systems have much to teach all of us, Indigenous science has long been ignored, otherized, or perceived as "soft"--the product of a systematic, centuries-long campaign of racism, colonialism, extractive capitalism, and delegitimization. Here, Jessica Hernandez--Maya Ch'orti' and Zapotec environmental scientist and founder of environmental agency Piña Soul--introduces and contextualizes Indigenous environmental knowledge and proposes a vision of land stewardship that heals rather than displaces, that generates rather than destroys. She breaks down the failures of western-defined conservatism and shares alternatives, citing the restoration work of urban Indigenous people in Seattle; her family's fight against ecoterrorism in Latin America; and holistic land management approaches of Indigenous groups across the continent. Through case studies, historical overviews, and stories that center the voices and lived experiences of Indigenous Latin American women and land protectors, Hernandez makes the case that if we're to recover the health of our planet--for everyone--we need to stop the eco-colonialism ravaging Indigenous lands and restore our relationship with Earth to one of harmony and respect.

Casting with a Fragile Thread Book
Score: 4
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Casting with a Fragile Thread

  • Author : Wendy Kann
  • Publisher : Henry Holt and Company
  • File Size : 11,9 Mb
  • Release Date : 2007-04-17
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781466802117


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In this poignant, lyric memoir, a sister's tragic death prompts a woman's unbidden journey into her turbulent African past. A comfortable suburban housewife with three children living in Connecticut, Wendy Kann thought she had put her volatile childhood in colonial Rhodesia—now Zimbabwe—behind her. Then one Sunday morning came a terrible phone call: her youngest sister, Lauren, had been killed on a lonely road in Zambia. Suddenly unable to ignore her longing for her homeland, she decides she must confront the ghosts of her past. Wendy Kann's is a personal journey, set against a backdrop as exotic as it is desolate. From a privileged colonial childhood of mansions and servants, her story moves to a young adulthood marked by her father's death, her mother's insanity, and the viciousness of a bloody civil war. Through unlikely love she finds herself in the incongruous sophistication of Manhattan; three children bring the security of suburban America, until the heartbreaking vulnerability of the small child her sister left behind in Africa compels her to return to a continent she hardly recognizes. With honesty and compassion, Kann pieces together her sister's life, explores the heartbreak of loss and belonging, and finally discovers the true meaning of home.

Native American Ethnobotany Book
Score: 5
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Native American Ethnobotany

  • Author : Daniel E. Moerman
  • Publisher : Timber Press (OR)
  • File Size : 20,8 Mb
  • Release Date : 1998
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 927
  • ISBN 10 : 0881924539


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An extraordinary compilation of the plants used by North American native peoples for medicine, food, fiber, dye, and a host of other things. Anthropologist Daniel E. Moerman has devoted 25 years to the task of gathering together the accumulated ethnobotanical knowledge on more than 4000 plants. More than 44,000 uses for these plants by various tribes are documented here. This is undoubtedly the most massive ethnobotanical survey ever undertaken, preserving an enormous store of information for the future.

Shinrin Yoku Book
Score: 4.5
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Shinrin Yoku

  • Author : Yoshifumi Miyazaki
  • Publisher : Timber Press
  • File Size : 8,7 Mb
  • Release Date : 2018-06-12
  • Genre: Health & Fitness
  • Pages : 193
  • ISBN 10 : 9781604698794


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A New York Times 2018 Holiday Gift Selection Shinrin-yoku is the Japanese practice of seeking a deeper connection with nature by spending intentional time surrounded by trees. Commonly referred to as forest bathing, the meditative practice involves all of our senses and has extraordinary effects on health and happiness. In Shinrin Yoku, Yoshifumi Miyazaki explains the science behind forest bathing and explores the many health benefits, including reduced stress, lower blood pressure, improved mood, and increased focus and energy. This useful guide also teaches you how to bring the benefits of the forest into the home through the use of essential oils, cypress baths, flower therapy, and bonsai. Whether you are exploring a city park, a woodland area, or even the trees in your own backyard, Shinrin Yoku will help you detox from the stress of modern life by opening your eyes to the healing power of trees.

Social Action Art Therapy in a Time of Crisis Book

Social Action Art Therapy in a Time of Crisis

  • Author : Jamie Bird
  • Publisher : Taylor & Francis
  • File Size : 14,8 Mb
  • Release Date : 2022-09-19
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN 10 : 9781000654783


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Social Action Art Therapy in a Time of Crisis outlines theories and models of social action art therapy, identifies its application in times of crisis, and explores the ways in which art therapy can work effectively for individuals and groups experiencing crisis. Drawing upon various ecologies, climate psychology, and eco-art therapy, this book addresses various responses to climate change, including notions of belonging, the physicality of experience, and the role of imagination in creating alternative versions of the future. The author presents a social action approach to art therapy as a way of addressing the political and collective components of climate change as well as the individual and emotional components. To help explore what social action art therapy can offer in this time of crisis, the author illustrates examples that show how the ideas have been used in other moments of crisis, including asylum, refuge, and domestic abuse. This innovative book contributes to the development of contemporary art therapy practice and will be of interest to arts therapists, arts psychotherapists, expressive therapists, ecotherapists, ecopsychologists, arts-based researchers, and many more.

Ethnobotany Book


  • Author : Gary J. Martin
  • Publisher : Springer
  • File Size : 13,8 Mb
  • Release Date : 2014-07-29
  • Genre: Nature
  • Pages : 296
  • ISBN 10 : 9781461524960


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Ethnoecology has blossomed in recent years into an important science because of the realization that the vast body of knowledge contained in both indigenous and folk cultures is being rapidly lost as natural ecosystems and cultures are being destroyed by the encroachment of development. Ethnobotany and ethnozoology both began largely with direct observations about the ways in which people used plants and animals and consisted mainly of the compilation of lists. Recently, these subjects have adopted a much more scientific and quantitative methodology and have studied the ways in which people manage their environment and, as a consequence, have used a much more ecological approach. This manual of ethnobotanical methodology will become an essential tool for all ethnobiologists and ethnoecologists. It fills a significant gap in the literature and I only wish it had been available some years previously so that I could have given it to many of my students. I shall certainly recommend it to any future students who are interested in ethnoecology. I particularly like the sympathetic approach to local peoples which pervades this book. It is one which encourages the ethnobotanical work by both the local people themselves and by academically trained researchers. A study of this book will avoid many of the arrogant approaches of the past and encourage a fair deal for any group which is being studied. This manual promotes both the involvement oflocal people and the return to them of knowledge which has been studied by outsiders.

Plant Magic Book

Plant Magic

  • Author : Christine Buckley
  • Publisher : Shambhala Publications
  • File Size : 10,5 Mb
  • Release Date : 2020-03-31
  • Genre: Nature
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9780834842748


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A fun, modern, and irreverent introduction to healing herbs, this field guide to feeling good includes more than 20 plant profiles. Here is an invitation to the wild world of healing plants growing right outside your door. Highlighting herbs from catnip and plantain to nettles and rosemary, this book provides the information you need to assemble an herbal arsenal for combatting any ailment—everything from brewing up a slick lube tea for sexual health to fashioning a simple summer band-aid from backyard “weeds” to crafting an herbal smoking blend to quiet a busy mind. This accessible guide covers questions like: What is plant medicine? What can I put in my mouth and where do I find it? Can I still go to my doctor? We’ve got you covered.

After the First Full Moon in April Book

After the First Full Moon in April

  • Author : Josephine Grant Peters
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • File Size : 17,8 Mb
  • Release Date : 2016-06-03
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 222
  • ISBN 10 : 9781315435282


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In this extraordinary book Josephine Peters, a respected northern California Indian elder and Native healer, shares her vast, lifelong cultural and plant knowledge. The book begins with Josephine's personal and tribal history and gathering ethics. Josephine then instructs the reader in medicinal and plant food preparations and offers an illustrated catalog of the uses and doses of over 160 plants. At a time of the commercialization of traditional ecological knowledge, Peters presents her rich tradition on her own terms, and according to her spiritual convictions about how her knowledge should be shared. This volume is essential for anyone working in ethnobotany, ethnomedicine, environmental anthropology, Native American studies, and Western and California culture and history.