The Vegetational History of the Oaxaca Valley and Zapotec Plant Knowedge

C. Earle Smith and Ellen Messer

In Part I of this volume, C. Earle Smith draws on years of survey in the Oaxaca Valley and archaeological discoveries of plant remains in the region to create a portrait of the valley’s original wild vegetation, previous to human settlement. In Part 2, Ellen Messer provides the results of her ethnobotanical study of the Zapotec residents of Mitla, a town in the southern highlands of the Valley of Oaxaca. Over the course of four years, she studied with local residents to learn the names and uses for wild plants and agricultural plants in the area.

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Publisher: Museum of Anthropology

Year of Publication: 1978

Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Pages: 149

Price: $10

Print ISBN: 978-0-932206-72-5

Ebook ISBN: 978-1-951538-17-0

Series / Number: Memoir No. 10

Tables / Illustrations: 78 b&w maps, illustrations, and photographs

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