After years of work, my updated book on Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw ethnobotany is coming out May 4, 2016 from OSU Press. And it’s rather straightforwardly called…Ethnobotany of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians. I had wanted to get this book out there to a wider audience, as to date so little has been published on ethnobotany for any western Oregon tribes. There is information out there on the rest of the Pacific Northwest (perhaps best known are the works of Nancy Turner focusing on British Columbia and Erna Gunther’s classic “Ethnobotany of Western Washington” which was first published nearly 70 year ago), and also northern California. The gap of Oregon specific work has been rather glaring…and irritating to me. So, I am doing my very small part to help ‘fill it in’. I think more will be coming in the future. Douglas Deur has been doing work in the lower Columbia and Tillamook country. And there are people from all the western Oregon tribes who have been revitalizing the art of the canoe, carving, basket weaving and other native crafts. So let’s hope we shall see more books in the future!
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