Ethnobotany is the study of people-plant interactions as mediated by culture. It includes how people use and think about plants, as well as how plants in turn influence humans and their habitats. This course considers plants used for food, medicine, shelter, transportation, household items, ornament and ritual by different cultural groups. Many examples will be drawn from within our region here in the Northeast. They will be used to demonstrate applied and theoretical aspects of ethnobotany including the role of plants in cultural identity, strategies for maintaining and passing on local knowledge, links with conservation and biodiversity, and projects intended to address specific social needs.
Social Science (SS)
ENVS 1 or NR 1 or permission