Iwígara: American Indian Ethnobotanical Traditions and Science

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by Enrique Salmón

Timber Press

9/15/2020, hardcover

SKU: 9781604698800


Tap into Thousands of Years of Plant Knowledge.

The belief that all life-forms are interconnected and share the same breath--known in the Rarámuri tribe as iwígara--has resulted in a treasury of knowledge about the natural world, passed down for millennia by native cultures. Ethnobotanist Enrique Salmón builds on this concept of connection and highlights 80 plants revered by North America's indigenous peoples. Salmón teaches us the ways plants are used as food and medicine, the details of their identification and harvest, their important health benefits, plus their role in traditional stories and myths. Discover in these pages how the timeless wisdom of iwígara can enhance your own kinship with the natural world.


"A beautifully illustrated and philosophically uplifting guide to indigenous North American plant use...this lovely compendium will strike a chord with many a nature-loving reader." -- Publishers Weekly

"Rich information about uses and traditional significance. Color photos of the plants and examples of the ways they are used bring the information to life." --Booklist

About the Author:

Enrique Salmón is head of the American Indian Studies Program at Cal State University-East Bay, in Hayward, California. He has published many articles on indigenous ethnobotany, agriculture, nutrition, and traditional ecological knowledge.