Iwígara: American Indian Ethnobotanical Traditions & Science
Indigenous author and ethnobotanist Enrique Salmón opens Iwígara: American Indian Ethnobotanical Traditions & Science with a brief history of Native peoples of seven regions of North America, and the landscapes shaping their traditions. He has selected 80 native plants that hold significance for Native peoples of North America. Each plant is illustrated in photos and accompanied by stories, traditional uses to present, and information about botany, identification, and harvesting, with Salmón’s own experience and relationship with the plant conversationally woven in. Iwígara includes both widespread and bioregion-specific plants.
Iwígara is not a typical dry ethnobotanical glossary, but rather a fascinating and accessible record of the fabric of modern and traditional plant knowledge, conveying the kinship between plants and people. While suitable for beginners, the book also provides a depth of knowledge that is instructive for experienced foragers, herbalists, and naturalists.