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Main Title Ethnobotany of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians /
Author Phillips, Patricia Whereat,
Publisher Oregon State University Press,
Year Published 2016
OCLC Number 928613354
ISBN 9780870718526; 0870718525; 0870718533; 9780870718533
Subjects Indians of North America--Ethnobotany--Oregon ; Medicinal plants--Oregon ; Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians of Oregon--Ethnobotany
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
ESAM  GN476.73.P55 2016 Region 10 Library/Seattle,WA 10/06/2021
Collation xv, 147 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 127-141) and index.
Contents Notes
Indigenous languages -- Cultural background and history -- The ethnographers and their informants -- Plants and the traditional culture -- Trees -- Shrubs -- Forbs -- Ferns, fern allies, and moss -- Fungi and seaweeds -- Unidentified plants. "Very little has been published until now on the ethnobotany of western Oregon indigenous peoples. Ethnobotany of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians documents the use of plants by these closely-related coastal tribes, covering a geographical area that extends roughly from Cape Perpetua on the central coast, south to the Coquille River, and from the Coast Range west to the Pacific shore. With a focus on native plants and their traditional uses, it also includes mention of farming crops, as well as the highly invasive Himalayan blackberry, which some Oregon coast Indians called the 'white man{u2019}s berry.' The cultures of the Coos Bay, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw are distinct from the Athabaskan speaking people to the south, and the Alsea to the north. Today, many tribal members are reviving ancient arts of basket weaving and woodworking, and many now participate in annual intertribal canoe events. Ethnobotany of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians contributes to this cultural renaissance by filling an important gap in the historical record. It is an invaluable resource for anyone who wishes to learn about the indigenous cultures of the central and southern Oregon coast, as well as those who are interested in Pacific Northwest plants and their cultural uses."--Publisher's website.