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People and Plants in Ancient Eastern North America

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The environmental diversity of North America is astounding--from circumpolar tundra with a small number of plants more than a few centimeters tall to the lush semitropical forests of the southeastern United States and the Caribbean Basin. No less remarkable is the record of plant usage by the various indigenous peoples who have been living here for more than 12,000 years. For the vast majority of this time, their livelihood--food, shelter, fuel, and medicine--depended on their knowledge and use of the plants that surrounded them. The most comprehensive overview in more than half a century on the interconnectedness of people and plants, this book and its companion volume, People and Plants in Ancient Western North America, present the latest information on three major topics: the uses of native plants, the history of crops and their uses, and the impact of humans on their environment. They not only contribute to our understanding of the lives of prehistoric people but also serve as guides for designing sustainable living today.

Author Biography

Paul E. Minnis is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma.
Release date Australia
April 15th, 2010
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
25 illustrations, 45 tables
Imprint
University of Arizona Press
Pages
423
Dimensions
152x229x30
ISBN-13
9780816529131
Product ID
3999476

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