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Native American Ethnobotany

By Daniel E. Moerman

Information probably impossible to find anywhere else — nothing to date has been so thorough and systematic.

American Scientist

An extraordinary compilation of the plants used by North American native peoples for medicine, food, fiber, dye, and a host of other things. Anthropologist Daniel E. Moerman has devoted 25 years to the task of gathering together the accumulated ethnobotanical knowledge on more than 4000 plants. More than 44,000 uses for these plants by various tribes are documented here. This is undoubtedly the most massive ethnobotanical survey ever undertaken, preserving an enormous store of information for the future.

Awards for this book: Council on Botanical and Horticultural Literature Award

Media reviews

" Native American Ethnobotany is an essential reference for all those interested in the uses of plants."

Wild Foods Forum

"This typographically attractive book presents its data with interest and humor."


"Daniel Moermanís massive work, long anticipated by ethnobiologists and anthropologists, is striking ... Its pages are brimming with the most complete explication of Native Americans ... and their interaction with plants ever undertaken. ... Moerman provides ... information probably impossible to find anywhere elseónothing to date has been so thorough and systematic. ... [The book includes] several indices of great value. ... The cost [is] miraculously low for this masterpiece. No library can be without ... Moermanís offering. His work will likely never be surpassed ... This is probably the magnum opus of the field. We are all indebted to him for this marvelous achievement."

—Donald J. McGraw, American Scientist

"An enormous achievement ... Fun to browse through it and to discover many exciting details about plant use in North America."

—Michael Heinrich, Journal of Ethnopharmacology

"This work is an invaluable resource for ethnobotanists, anthropologists, herbalists, and other researchers."

Herb Quarterly

"An impressive compilation of information on plants used by Native Americans ... An important library book."

Northeastern Naturalist

"A monumental work."

Plants and People

"When I received the book I thought I had died and gone to heaven! This is one of the items I would run back to save if my house ever burned down."

—Melodye Murphy, Amazon.com

"Moerman has done an excellent job of presenting the information in useable form."

—Rachel Hays, American Biology Teacher

"This scholarly and weighty tome contains a stupendous quantity of high-quality information about the use of plants by Native American peoples."

Edinburgh Journal of Botany

"The definitive book on the subject. Covering over 4,000 plants with some 44,000 uses, this represents years of research on the authorís part."

—Connie Krochmal, Washington Daily News

"I have no hesitation in recommending this book as a fundamental and highly valuable source of fascinating information on the plants and the peoples of North America."

—W. Milliken, Edinburgh Journal of Botany

"Congratulations to Timber Press for doing it right."

Whole Earth

"Anyone interested in the economic botany and ethnobotany of indigenous groups of North America needs to have a copy of this book. It is the standard reference on Native American plant uses."


"This monumental synthesis of ethnobotany of prehistoric and historic Indians of North America ... is an instant classic."

—Rudolf Schmid, Taxon

About the author

Daniel E. Moerman

Daniel E. Moerman is the William E. Stirton Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan ‚ÄĒ Dearborn, so recognized for his distinguished scholarship, teaching, and professional accomplishments.

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