Ethnobotany of chumash indians, California, Based on Collections by John P. Harrington

  title={Ethnobotany of chumash indians, California, Based on Collections by John P. Harrington},
  author={Jan Timbrook},
  journal={Economic Botany},
  • J. Timbrook
  • Published 1 April 1984
  • Geography
  • Economic Botany
At least 150 plant species were used for food, medicine, material culture, and religious practices by the Chumash Indians of southern California. A great deal of traditional Chumash plant knowledge survived into the present century, despite massive deculturation.The most significant source of information on Chumash ethnobotany is the extensive, unpublished field notes of John P. Harrington, based on interviews conducted from 1912 into the 1950s. Several hundred voucher specimens collected by… 
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