This excellent field guide to many plants native to British Columbia emphasizes the traditional technological uses of plant materials by the First Peoples of the region.
In her third ethnobotany handbook, Nancy Turner focuses on the plants that provided heat, shelter, transportation, clothing, tools, nets, ropes, containers, all the necessities of life for First Peoples. She describes more than 100 of these plants, their various uses and their importance in the material cultures of First Nations in British Columbia and adjacent lands in Washington, Alberta, Alaska and Montana. She also shows how First Peoples have used plant materials to make decorations, scents, cleaning agents, insect repellents, toys and many other items.
Dr. Nancy J. Turner is a professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria and a research associate at the Royal BC Museum. She has written several books and articles on ethnobotany, including two companions to this book: Food Plants of Coastal First Peoples and Food Plants of Interior First Peoples.
"This well-organized, clearly written book contains a wealth of fascination information for both the ethnobotanist and the interested layperson."
— Nikki Tate-Stratton, Canadian Book Review Annual