By Josephine Grant Peters
During this remarkable publication Josephine Peters, a respected northern California Indian elder and local healer, stocks her large, lifelong cultural and plant knowledge. The ebook starts with Josephine's personal and tribal heritage and gathering ethics. Josephine then instructs the reader in medicinal and plant food preparations and deals 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 non secular convictions approximately how her wisdom will be shared. This quantity is key for somebody operating in ethnobotany, ethnomedicine, environmental anthropology, local American reports, and Western and California tradition and heritage.
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Barrels on either end of the bridge held water in case a fire erupted. The children dipped cans into that water then threw it at each other. At school, the children slid down the nearby serpentine hillside on homemade sleds, dodging the large oak in their path. To make their sleds, the children looked for a tree with a bend, cut it down, and whittled it into runner. 10). During the summer, Josephine and her siblings spent time living with their paternal Aunt Ida, whose husband worked for the Forest Service.
Tamara Peters in dance regalia made by her mother. Ella Johnson likely made the cap. Humboldt County Fair, Ferndale. Photo courtesy Josephine Peters. 14. Josephine Peters in the 1950s. Photo courtesy Josephine Peters. Motherhood Place, culture, extended family, and community have been interconnected constants throughout Josephine’s life, as they have been for her people across millennia. At once self-sufficient yet also part of an interdependent system of daily interactions— with people and with the landscape—the values of giving, caring, and sharing have suffused Josephine’s life.
After describing the history of Josephine’s paternal and maternal family, the focus of this chapter will shift to the details of Josephine’s life. It will end with a description of a decades-long cultural revitalization in Karuk, Yurok, and Hupa country, the revitalization of which Josephine has been an important part. 33 34 CH AP TER one In keeping with a personal focus of this ethnobotany, Josephine’s own words have been interspersed throughout the text. You’ll find these highlighted in italics.
After the first full moon in April: a sourcebook of herbal medicine from a California Indian elder by Josephine Grant Peters