Gwich'in Ethnobotany: Plants Used by the Gwich'in for Food, Medicine, Shelter and Tools
Andre, Alestine and Alan Fehr
Published by Gwich'in Social and Cultural Institute and Aurora Research Institute, 2002, 68 pages
Over thousands of years, the Gwich'in have used a variety of trees, shrubs and berries for food, medicine, shelter and tools. This publication presents information recorded from Gwich'in elders on the use of 32 plants and 3 types of rocks and minerals. The book includes information on the Gwich'in names for these plants (in both the Gwichya Gwich'in and Teetl'it Gwich'in dialects), where they are found, and how they can be used. Several recipes for making medicine and preparing food are also included. Black and white and colour photographs illustrate the text. This book is part of a Gwich'in Plant Kit developed for use by educators in the Gwich'in Settlement Area. The kit includes a copy of this book, 28 pressed, labeled and laminated plants, an organizer with assorted samples of dried berries and fungi, and two jars of lichens and mosses. The book can be used without the remainder of the kit.
Book review of this volume:
Elena Piterskaya. Book Review [4 publications]. (Polar Geography, Volume 35, Issue 3-4, 2012, pp. 331-337)