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Nancy J. Turner

Nancy J. Turner is an ethnobotanist, and Distinguished Professor Emerita, School of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria, Canada. She has worked with First Nations elders and cultural specialists in northwestern North America for over 50 years, helping to document, retain and promote their traditional knowledge of plants and environments, including Indigenous foods, materials and traditional medicines. Her two-volume book, Ancient Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge (July, 2014; McGill-Queen’s University Press), integrates her long term research. She has authored or co-authored/co-edited 30 other books, including: Plants of Haida Gwaii; The Earth’s Blanket; Keeping It Living (with Doug Deur); Saanich Ethnobotany (with Richard Hebda), and Food Plants of Coastal First Peoples, and over 150 book chapters and papers. Her latest edited book is Plants, People and Places: the Roles of Ethnobotany and Ethnoecology in Indigenous Peoples’ Land Rights in Canada and Beyond (2020). She has received a number of awards for her work, including membership in Order of British Columbia (1999) and the Order of Canada (2009), honorary degrees from University of British Columbia, University of Northern British Columbia and Vancouver Island and Simon Fraser Universities.

Books by Nancy J. Turner

Luschiim’s Plants

Traditional Indigenous Foods, Materials and Medicines

by (author) Luschiim Arvid Charlie & Nancy J. Turner

Plants of Haida Gwaii

Third Edition

by (author) Nancy J. Turner

Plants, People, and Places

The Roles of Ethnobotany and Ethnoecology in Indigenous Peoples' Land Rights in Canada and Beyond

edited by Nancy J. Turner

Wisdom Engaged

Traditional Knowledge for Northern Community Well-Being

edited by Leslie Main Johnson
contributions by Alestine Andre, Janelle Marie Baker, Robert Beaulieu, Della M. Cheney, Mida Donnessey, Mabel English, Christopher Fletcher, Fort McKay Berry Group, Annie B. Gordon, Celina Harpe, Thea Luig, Art Mathews, Linda G. McDonald, Ruby E. Morgan, Bernice Neyelle, Morris Neyelle, Keiichi Omura, Evelyn Storr, Mary Teya, Nancy J. Turner, Walter Vanast & Darlene Vegh
series edited by Earle H. Waugh

Plant Technology of the First Peoples of British Columbia

by (author) Nancy J. Turner

Food Plants of Coastal First Peoples

by (author) Nancy J. Turner

Food Plants of Interior First Peoples

by (author) Nancy J. Turner

Saanich Ethnobotany

Culturally Important Plants of the Wsáne? People

by (author) Nancy J. Turner
with Richard J. Hebda

Ancient Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge

Ethnobotany and Ecological Wisdom of Indigenous Peoples of Northwestern North America

by (author) Nancy J. Turner

Keeping It Living

Traditions of Plant Use and Cultivation on Northwest Coast of North America

edited by Douglas Deur & Nancy J. Turner

Edible Wild Fruits and Nuts of Canada

by (author) Nancy J. Turner