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3/5/10

ETHNOBOTANY EVENT FLOURISHES AT STATE UNIVERSITY


Ethnobotany Event Flourishes : Author discusses Apache use of native plants

(February 24, 2010 Stillwater, Okla.) – In her book Plains Apache Ethnobotany, Julia Jordan presents for the first time this tribe’s traditional knowledge of plants. Jordan will discuss her extensive fieldwork, conducted with elders of the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma, at the spring botany lecture hosted by the OSU Library.

The event will be held 4-5:15 p.m. March 26 in the Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room. It is free and open to the public. A reception follows.

In Plains Apache Ethnobotany, Jordan documents more than 110 plant species valued by the Plains Apache. The book details traditional Apache collection, preparation and use of these plants for food, medicine, ritual and material culture.

Jordan holds a master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Oklahoma. As a research anthropologist, she conducted extensive fieldwork among Indians of western Oklahoma as a part of the Doris Duke Indian Oral History Project at the University of Oklahoma. Later at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, she served as consultant and co–principal investigator for several anthropological projects.

Event sponsors include the OSU Library, OSU Botany Department, Oklahoma Native Plant Society-Cross Timbers Chapter, OSU Botanical Society and Native American Student Association.

This is the OSU Library’s second annual spring botany lecture. The first event in this series featured botanical illustrator, Bellamy Parks Jansen. For more information on this or other OSU Library events, visit www.library.okstate.edu/news.

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Source: Bonnie Ann Cain, APR OSU Library 405-744-7331 lib-pub@okstate.edu
Story by Marissa Chavez, OSU Library Communications Intern