Chumash Ethnobotany

A wonderful new book, full of information about the uses of plants by the Chumash People of Southern California was recently published. It is the product of almost thirty years of research, some of it derived from more than 300,000 pages of notes written by John P. Harrington.

An excellent review was written by Matt Kettman of the Santa Barbara Independent:

It was after reading this review that I signed up for both a lecture by Jan Timbrook at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, and a field trip in the Santa Ynez Valley.

During all three activities – reading the book, listening to the lecture, and participating in the field trip, one is struck the depth of knowledge, professionalism and attention to detail.

Included in this post are some of the photos taken on the field trip.

Indian Hemp
(Indian Hemp/Dogbane – October 6, 2007 – a very rare plant in the wild)

Deer Grass
(Deer Grass and Narrow-leaf Milkweed – October 6, 2007)

Narrow-leaf Milkweed
(Narrow-leaf Milkweed – October 6, 2007)

Red-necked Phalarope
(Santa Ynez River dry bed – October 6, 2007)