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After the First Full Moon in April
A Sourcebook of Herbal Medicine from a California Indian Elder
Josephine Grant Peters (Author); Beverly Ortiz (Contributor)
222 pp. / 8.00 x 10.00 / Apr, 2010
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  - Anthropology
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  - Native American and Indigenous Studies

In this extraordinary book Josephine Peters, a respected northern California Indian elder and Native healer, shares her vast, lifelong cultural and plant knowledge. The book begins with Josephine's
"Beverly Ortiz’s efforts and care to include many details pertaining to Josephine’s relationship with plants and people make this book uniquely different from other ethnobotanical guides. The book continues to enrich and provide readers with a source of appreciation and respect for plants and tribal ethnobotanical traditions."

- Frank K. Lake, Journal of California and Great Basin Anthr

"After the First Full Moon in April is testimony not only to Joesphine Peter’s commitment to sharing her ethnobotanical knowledge, but a Native community’s dedication and collaboration in bringing her knowledge to print. Not only Peters, but the myriad of Native and non-Native people who assisted in the book’s content and production should be applauded and commended for their efforts. This work is a welcome addition to the ever-growing body of ethnobotanical studies."

- Gregory R. Campbell, Anthropology Review Database

"[Peters's] herbal knowledge extends beyond medicine to food, basket making, technology in general, firewood, aesthetics, myths, and all of life. She shares her knowledge and thoughts with expert help from Ortiz, a leader in the California Native scholarly world. Peters's knowledge is highly eclectic, drawing not only on all the groups around her but also on southern Californian Native plant knowledge, Mexican traditions, and even Chinese herbal medicine (via some Chinese neighbors in northwestern California). This book is extremely valuable for showing the full extent of the knowledge of one such healer and for anyone interested in herbal medicine and food, Native Californian traditions, or a read about a fascinating individual. Summing up: Highly recommended."


"...a unique and highly prized addition to personal, professional, community, and academic library collections in the diverse fields of Ethnobotany, Ethnomedicine, Environmental Anthropology, Native American Studies, and California History."

- James A. Cox, Midwest Book Review

"This book is an important addition to Native American herbal medicine that will be used by faculty, students, and in extended education."

- Rollin C. Richmond, President, Humboldt State University

personal and tribal history and gathering ethics. Josephine then instructs the reader in medicinal and plant food preparations and offers an illustrated catalog of the uses and doses of over 160 plants. At a time of the commercialization of traditional ecological knowledge, Peters presents her rich tradition on her own terms, and according to her spiritual convictions about how her knowledge should be shared. This volume is essential for anyone working in ethnobotany, ethnomedicine, environmental anthropology, Native American studies, and Western and California culture and history.

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