Ethnobiology Resources

British Columbia in General

Turner, Nancy J. (1995)
Food Plants of Coastal First Peoples. Vancouver: UBC Press. Royal British Columbia Museum Handbook series.

Turner, Nancy J. (1997)
Food Plants of Interior First Peoples. Vancouver: UBC Press. Royal British Columbia Museum Handbook series.

Turner, Nancy J. (1998)
Plant Technology of First Peoples in British Columbia. Vancouver: UBC Press. Royal British Columbia Museum Handbook series.

Particular British Columbia First Nations

Carrier (Dakelh)

Gitksan

Halkomelem

Thompson

Witsuwit'en

Sources on Ethnobiology in General

Berlin, Brent (1992)
Ethnobiological Classification: Principles of Categorization of Plants and Animals in Traditional Societies. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Medin, Douglas L. and Scott Atran (eds.) (1999)
Folkbiology. Cambridge: MIT Press.
A collection of 15 papers with an emphasis on psychological aspects of ethnobiology.

Moerman, Daniel E. (1998)
Native American Etnobotany. Portland, Oregon: Timber Press.
A massive (over 900-pages) compilation of information on the use of plants by native people in the Americas.

Plotkin, Mark J. (1983)
Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice: An ethnobotanist searches for new medicines in the Amazon rain forest. New York: Penguin.

Schultes, Richard Evans and Siri von Reis (1995)
Ethnobotany: Evolution of a Discipline. Portland, Oregon: Dioscorides Press (an imprint of Timber Press).
A collection of papers on the history and current status of ethnobotany.

Useful Guides for Identification and Information

Although the following may be helpful, the precise identification of many species is difficult and may require an expert with access to specialized monographs. Mammals and trees are generally not difficult, but there are many similar-looking birds, plants, and fish. There are so many species of insect that field guides do not even attempt to list them all. Anyone planning a serious ethnobiological study should consider bringing in a professional biologist to help with the identifications. Of course, one of the small number of specialists in ethnobiology will be especially helpful. Two such specialists in British Columbia are:

Brian Compton
Email: bcompton@interchange.ubc.ca.

Nancy J. Turner
Environmental Studies, University of Victoria, PO Box 1700 STN CSC, Victoria, BC V8W 2Y2. Tel: 250-721-6124. Email: nturner@uvic.ca.

Brian Compton's web site http://www.interchg.ubc.ca/bcompton/ contains additional information and links on ethnobiology.

If you cannot find what you need in your local bookstore or library, the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria has a gift shop which is a good source for many of the books listed here.

Borror, Donald J. and Richard E. White (1970)
A Field Guide to Insects: America North of Mexico. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Brayshaw, T. Christopher (1996)
Some Common Mosses of British Columbia. Vancouver: UBC Press. Royal British Columbia Museum Handbook series.

Brayshaw, T. Christopher (1996)
Trees and Shrubs of British Columbia. Vancouver: UBC Press. Royal British Columbia Museum Handbook series.

Brough, Sherman G. (1990)
Wild Trees of British Columbia. Vancouver: Pacific Educational Press.

Corkran, Charlotte C. and Chris Thoms (1996)
Amphibians of Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. Vancouver: Lone Pine Publishing.

Cowan, I. McT. and C. J. Guiget (1956)
The Mammals of British Columbia. Victoria: British Columbia Provincial Museum.

Green, David M. and R. Wayne Campbell (1984)
The Amphibians of British Columbia. Victoria: Royal British Columbia Museum.

Gregory, Patrick T. and R. Wayne Campbell (1984)
The Reptiles of British Columbia. Victoria: British Columbia Provincial Museum.

Mackinnon, Andy, Jim Pojar, and Ray Coupé (eds.) (1992)
Plants of Northern British Columbia. Vancouver: Lone Pine Publishing.

Nagorsen, David W. (1996)
Opossums, Shrews and Moles of British Columbia. Vancouver: UBC Press. Royal British Columbia Museum Handbook series.

Nagorsen, David W. and R. Mark Brigham (1993)
Bats of British Columbia. Vancouver: UBC Press. Royal British Columbia Museum Handbook series.

Page Lawrence M. and Brooks M. Burr (1991)
Freshwater Fishes. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company.

Parish, Roberta, Ray Coupé, and Dennis Lloyd (eds.)(1996)
Plants of Southern Interior British Columbia. Vancouver: Lone Pine Publishing.

Peterson, Roger Tory (1990)
Western Birds. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company.

Schalkwijk-Barendsen, Helene M. E. (1991)
Mushrooms of Western Canada. Vancouver: Lone Pine Publishing.

Scott, Shirley L. (ed.) (1987)
Field Guide to the Birds of North America. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society. Second edition.
A particularly convenient feature of this book is that the distribution maps are printed in the margin so that it is not necessary to refer to a collection of maps in the back of the book.

A useful source of information on collecting and preserving plants is the booklet:

Brayshaw, T. Christopher (1996)
Plant Collecting for the Amateur. Victoria: Royal British Columbia Museum.

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