After the first full moon in April : a sourcebook of herbal by Josephine Grant Peters

By Josephine Grant Peters

During this awesome ebook Josephine Peters, a revered northern California Indian elder and local healer, stocks her great, lifelong cultural and plant wisdom. The e-book starts with Josephine's own and tribal background and amassing ethics. Josephine then instructs the reader in medicinal and plant meals arrangements and gives 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 accordance with her religious convictions approximately how her wisdom will be shared. This quantity is vital for someone operating in ethnobotany, ethnomedicine, environmental anthropology, local American reports, and Western and California tradition and historical past.

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The objects the Karuk used, and continue to use, while both alluring and useful, contain a deeper meaning when considered within the whole of their cultural context. Beyond the tangible acts of hunting and fishing, or gathering or processing of plant materials, each object resulted from a thousands-of-years-old relationship among people, creation, place, plants, and animals, each object alive with the spirit of the plants, animals, stones, and minerals with which it is made, and the thoughts, feelings, joy, and intent of the maker.

We talked and told stories, and it turned out to be a wonderful day. I hope that we can get together again soon to enjoy the mountains and share stories about that dance and the up-river Jump Dance training Pateisha is getting now. (Personal communication, with Beverly Ortiz July 13, 2005) A Cu lt u ral Ren aissan ce Josephine grew up in an era of transition, when the practice of cultural traditions, such as basketry and ceremonies, was in decline. After the whites came in here, they tried to rule all of us—tell us what to do, and take things away from us, like weaving baskets.

Francois believed, and till his latest breath will continue to believe, that after all human efforts had been put forth in vain, the holy Saint Francis, his patron saint, moved by his suffering and prayer, had himself bared an arm for our relief. (Wistar 1914: 214–215) Eventually, the two men separated, and by 1852 Francis had become a resident of Klamath, now Siskiyou County, in northern California, where he married Queen. Queen’s grandmother, who was raised in Yreka, married a Rouge River Indian, who brought her to his southern Oregon homeland, where they raised a large family.

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