By Josephine Grant Peters
During this awesome ebook Josephine Peters, a respected northern California Indian elder and local healer, stocks her tremendous, lifelong cultural and plant knowledge. The booklet starts off with Josephine's personal and tribal historical past and gathering ethics. Josephine then instructs the reader in medicinal and plant food preparations and bargains an illustrated catalog of the makes use of and doses of over a hundred and sixty crops. At a time of the commercialization of conventional ecological wisdom, Peters offers her wealthy culture on her personal phrases, and in response to her religious convictions approximately how her wisdom could be shared. This quantity is key for someone operating in ethnobotany, ethnomedicine, environmental anthropology, local American stories, and Western and California tradition and background.
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Objects of daily use included elegantly woven baskets, carefully chipped obsidian knives and arrow points, elaborately carved cooking paddles and wooden spoons, meticulously fashioned, bowltube iris-fiber nets, and buoyant redwood dugouts purchased from the Yurok. Abalone pendants, engraved dentalia shells,3 iridescent pileated woodpecker and mallard featherwork, beargrass braids, and gray pine nut beads adorned ceremonial regalia (Bright 1978: 183–184; Kelly 1930; Lang 1994: 15–22). The Karuk procured some of their most important foods from the river, upslope fir forests, and oak groves: salmon, deer, and tanoak acorns.
Grant III 2000: 12) Queen’s daughter, Josephine’s paternal-grandmother Ellen Brazille, continued her mother’s legacy, and prepared many herbal remedies for her grandchildren. In retrospect, Josephine thinks that a lot of these remedies may have been brewed from St. John’s wort, an herb that settles the stomach. If we got sick, she’d mix up something for us to take. Those days, we never knew what she was giving us. Josephine has always had a propensity for learning about herbs. She has many fond childhood memories of the times she spent following various older, local women around, wherever they went, noticing what they picked, and asking questions about the plants.
1933–1934 Junction School class, Somes Bar, taken when Josephine was in the sixth grade. Photo courtesy Zona Ferris, who identified the children in the photograph. Originally published in Graves (1934). ), Loren Offield, Alfred Albers. Second row, left to right: Elsa M. ) and Anabel, Reginald “Reggie” Grant. ), Violet Johnny Super. Every year you had to do so much digging on your property. He used to tell us to dig a big hole and an assessment would be marked so many yards. It had to be done every year if you had a mining camp.