People of the Desert and Sea: Ethnobotany of the Seri Indians by Richard Stephen FelgerPeople of the Desert and Sea: Ethnobotany of the Seri Indians by Richard Stephen Felger

People of the Desert and Sea: Ethnobotany of the Seri Indians

byRichard Stephen Felger, Mary Beck Moser

Paperback | October 11, 2016

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"People of the Desert and Sea is one of those books that should not have to wait a generation or two to be considered a classic. A feast for the eye as well as the mind, this ethnobotany of the Seri Indians of Sonora represents the most detailed exploration of plant use by a hunting-and-gathering people to date. . . . Scholarship in the best sense of the term-precise without being pedantic, exhaustive without exhausting its readers."-Journal of Arizona History

"To read and gaze through this elegantly illustrated book is to be exposed, as if through a work of science fiction, to an astonishing and unknown cultural world."-North Dakota Quarterly

Richard S. Felger has published extensively on desert plants, their uses, and new food crops around the world. His field of expertise is the flora and economic botany of the Sonoran Desert region. He has studied the relationship between the Seri Indians and the plants and animals in their region of northwestern Mexico for more than two...
Title:People of the Desert and Sea: Ethnobotany of the Seri IndiansFormat:PaperbackDimensions:454 pages, 10 × 8 × 1 inPublished:October 11, 2016Publisher:UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA PRESSLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0816534756

ISBN - 13:9780816534753


Editorial Reviews

"This long-awaited, excellent, definitive volume about the Seri Indians of Sonora, Mexico, offers a valuable resource and guide to anthropologists and biologists researching life in the North American deserts. The book gives a total cultural-ecological picture of how the little-known Seri tribe exists in a marginal environment."-Quarterly Review of Biology "A key reference for ethnobiologists, economic botanists, arid lands ecologists, and ethnologists concerned with hunter-gatherers generally or indigenous peoples of western North America specifically."-American Anthropologist "This qualitative ethnobotanical study is an excellent example of interdisciplinary research on traditional plant knowledge of a hunting, gathering, and seafaring people."-Economic Botany