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Nancy J. Turner is internationally known for her studies in ethnobotany and ethnoecology. She is a Distinguished Professor Emerita in the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. A member of the Order of Canada, Order of British Columbia and Royal Society of Canada, she holds näytä lisää honorary degrees from four British Columbia universities. She has published over 30 books, more than 150 scholarly papers and book chapters and many popular articles. For over 50 years she has worked closely with Indigenous elders, her teachers, collaborators and friends, to document the critically important heritage of Indigenous botanical and ecological knowledge. Her work with the Haida over this time reflects an intimate respect for their wisdom and rich traditional knowledge of plants and environmental stewardship, Nancy lives with her husband, Bob, on Protection Island, off Nanaimo, BC. näytä vähemmän


Tekijän teokset

Edible Garden Weeds of Canada (1988) — Tekijä — 26 kappaletta

Associated Works

Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast (1994) — Avustaja — 699 kappaletta

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Turner, Nancy Jean
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria
associate at the Royal British Columbia Museum
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Nancy J. Turner is an ethnobotanist and distinguished professor in the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. She is also a research associate with the Royal British Columbia Museum.
Patrick von Aderkas is a professor in the biology department of the University of Victoria. He has degrees in botany from the University of Guelph and Manchester. His career reflects a broad interest in experimental embryogenesis of ferns and gymnosperms, including hormone physiology, molecular biology, and proteomics (the large-scale study of proteins).


Nancy Turner is internationally known for her work in Ethnobotany, the study of plants and cultures. She is a Distinguished Professor in the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria and has published many books, scholarly papers and popular articles. Her studies have taken her all over British Columbia and to other parts of the world.

She has been awarded the Lawson Medal by the Canadian Botanical Association, the highest recognition for a botanist in Canada, the Richard Evans Schultes Award in Ethnobotany from the Healing Forest Conservancy in Washington, DC, and the first Research Excellence Award of the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Victoria. She was awarded the Order of British Columbia, and named a Distinguished Alumna of the University of Victoria and 2009 was made a Member of the Order of Canada. She is a member of the Royal Society of Canada and the Linnaean Society of London.

For many years Nancy has worked closely with First Nations Elders, her teachers, collaborators and friends, to record their knowledge and understanding of plants, ecology and resource uses. Working closely with many First Nations, she has helped develop and support programs for retaining, enhancing and promoting the rich heritage of traditional botanical knowledge within communities. Her work with the Haida spans over 40 years and reflects an intimate respect for their traditional ecological knowledge and the uses and importance of plants on Haida Gwaii.



Colorful pictures of mushrooms and plants ( both outdoors and indoors ) with a description , where it occurs, toxicity , treatment and other information
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SNOMGLIB | Oct 30, 2019 |
A comprehensive survey of edible weeds with clear drawings of all and colour photos of many. The book is beautifully designed and the text well-researched. However, I have a few issues with it. First, the section on plants to avoid has no visuals or identifying characteristics at all. If you want to know which plants are dangerous, you must obtain another field guide. Not all of the edible plants are well-identified either. For example, lambs-quarters, which I know very well as a staple of our family's diet: the plant is not very well-described and the picture is of a plant well past the time when the leaves are edible. It would be hard for a novice harvester to identify the plant at all. Finally, the book comes with a plethora of recipes but no indication that the recipes have been tested or made even once. Many recipes look like they might be good, but with no comments on taste, no acknowledgements of source or kitchen help, and the fact that many of them use quantities of purchased ingredients, I feel uneasy about trying them. An extreme example of a questionable recipe, Knotweed Prairie Pudding, involves 3 cups of knotweed (all vegetable quantities, by the way, are given in volume not weight with no indication of whether loosely or firmly packed, and this alone renders the cookbook less useful), 3 cups of honey(!), 1/3 cup of butter, and 3 cups of soft bread cubes. Combine the ingredients and boil for 30 minutes, season with cinnamon and nutmeg, serves 6 -- each of whom is expected to eat half a cup of honey. Not happening.

If I had no other source of information on edible weeds, I would definitely keep this book on the shelf. However, Euell Gibbons's recipes are much more thoughtful and the Peterson Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants covers the identification angle very well, with the addition of tips for identifying and avoiding dangerous plants.
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muumi | Aug 8, 2015 |
I want to love Nancy Turner. Her topics always interest me. But the writing is so boring! Why must I have no discipline?
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paperloverevolution | Mar 30, 2013 |
This excellent handbook provides the reader with a field guide to many plants native to British Columbia with an emphasis on their traditional technological uses by the First Peoples of the region. The book begins with a general discussion of the physical environment (climate, topography), the First Peoples of the province, as well as the plant materials they gathered and used in the course of building houses and canoes, making containers, mats, nets, and clothing, and dressing wounds, making dyes, insect repellants and tanning agents. The introduction concludes with a description of harvesting and preparation methods as well as a quick discussion of how aboriginal groups traded various types of plant materials.

The main body of the book consists of a series of detailed plant listings grouped in the following broad categories: algae; lichens; fungi; mosses; ferns; conifers; and two groups of flowering plants (monocotyledons and dicotyledons). Each plant listing includes a photograph, scientific and common names, a botanical description of the species, notes on habitat and distribution, as well as a detailed discussion of the aboriginal uses for the plant. Two appendices contain information on minor plants in aboriginal technology and the scientific names of plants and animals. The book also includes a detailed index, a glossary, and a comprehensive list of references.

In addition to the photographs of the plants, Turner has also selected some photographs of objects made from plant materials (e.g. baskets, nets, carrying bags), elders with handmade items, as well as a couple of historical photographs. This is a well-organized, clearly-written book containing a wealth of fascinating information for both the ethnobotanist and the interested layperson.

(Originally reviewed for the Canadian Book Review Annual.)
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BiblioFool | Oct 9, 2006 |



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