Saanich Ethnobotany

Nancy J. Turner and Richard J. Hebda

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Nancy Turner and Richard Hebda present the results of many years of working with botanical experts from the Saanich Nation on southern Vancouver Island. Elders Violet Williams of Pauquachin, Elsie Claxton of Tsawout, and Christopher Paul and Dave Elliott of Tsartlip pass on their knowledge of plants and their uses to future generations of Saanich and Coast Salish people, and to anyone interested in native plants and their uses.

2012, Paperback, 176 pages

150 colour photographs

ISBN 978-0-7726-6577-5

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Description

Saanich Ethnobotany includes detailed information about the plants that were traditionally harvested to use in all aspects of Saanich life, such as for food and medicines, and to make tools, buildings and weapons. Each plant is listed by its common (English), scientific and Saanich names. Each listing contains a brief botanical description with a colour photograph, where to find the plant and how it was used traditionally by the Saanich people.

This important book celebrates the richness and tremendous value of locally based knowledge in a rapidly changing world.

 

About the Authors

Dr Nancy J. Turner is Distinguished and Hakai Professor in Ethnoecology in the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. She has published several books and numerous articles on ethnobotany and First Nations issues. She has received numerous awards for her work and is a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia.

Dr Richard J. Hebda is Curator of Earth History and Botany at the Royal BC Museum and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biology and School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of Victoria. He has written hundreds of articles and several books on BC’s plants and ice-age history.

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