Plants in Samoan Culture: The Ethnobotany of Samoa by W.Arthur Whistler - SSAB
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Plants in Samoan Culture: The Ethnobotany of Samoa by W.Arthur Whistler

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  • "Samoans have learned by centuries of experience which trees provide the best timber, which plants are edible, which make the best cordage, and which can be used as medicines. However, as people move away from a culture based on the traditional use of the surrounding plants and animals to one based on imported goods, they lose a valuable part of their tradition.... Samoans have been the keepers of this knowledge and these plants for close to three millennia, but as we begin the new millennium, traditional lore is unfortunately no longer being passed on to the younger generation. 
  • A whole generation has grown up without much of this traditional knowledge that their parents and grandparents had, and the information is slowly being lost
  • This book is particularly aimed at students of Samoan culture, boatanists and lay people who want to know the names and uses of plants in Samoa