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Digital Branch of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Oral History Program

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A Guide to the Ethnobotany of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Region

"A Guide to the Ethnobotany of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Region" was produced by a team of Alaska Native Elders in western Alaska.  It describes many plant species, their uses, the Yup'ik names and the meaning of the name. English and scientific names are also provided, with many entries illustrated with photos. Chapters are devoted to trees and shrubs, edible berries, mouse foods, other edible plants, medicinals, poisonous plants, grasses and sedges, ferns, mosses, miscellaneous plants, algae, lichens, and fungi. The only available copy is a draft in PDF format, edited by Kevin Jernigan with no date or publisher, but the information is based upon elders from villages of the Yukon-Kuskokwim region gathering in Bethel for four Elder Councils between 2008 and 2012 to talk about plants of their region.

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Alaska's Wilderness Medicines

Alaska's Wilderness Medicine: Healthful Plants of the Far North. By Eleanor G. Viereck. Anchorage, AK: Alaska Northwest Books, 1987.

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Alaska’s Wild Plants

Alaska’s Wild Plants: A Guide to Alaska’s Edible Harvest. Janice J. Schofield. Seattle, WA: Alaska Northwest Books, 1995.

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Aleut / Unangax Ethnobotany: An Annotated Bibliography

Aleut/Unangax Ethnobotany: An Annotated Bibliography. Douglas Veltre, Catherine Pendleton, Stephanie Schively, Jessica Hay, and Natalia Tatarenkova. For a project on Traditional Use and Conservation of Plants from the Aleutian, Pribilof, and Commander Islands. Aleut International Association, University of Alaska Anchorage, and Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies, in cooperation with CAFF. CAFF Flora Technical Report No. 14, October 2006. Akureyi, Iceland: CAFF International Secretariat.

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Aleut Plants

Unangam Hitnisangin/Unangam Hitnisangis/Aleut Plants: A Region-Based Plant Curriculum for Grades 4-6. Donna Matthews and Barbara Svarny Carlson, Association of Unangan/Unangas Educators (AUE) and Alaska Rural Systemic Initiative, no date.

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Arctic Harvest

“Arctic Harvest.” A 28-minutes video showing Iñupiat Elders from a number of villages on the North Slope collecting, describing, and using plants. Utqiaġvik, AK: North Slope Borough, Iñupiat History Language and Culture Commission, circa 1995. Both an English and an Iñupiaq version were made. An online version was not found. For more information or to purchase a copy of the video, contact the North Slope Borough, Iñupiat History Language and Culture Commission, 907-852-0420, PO Box 69, Barrow, AK 99723.

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Atkan Plants

"At{am Hitnisangis/Atkan Plants." Nadesta Golley. Book 14 of the 1973 Atkan Educational Series. Unalaska, AK: Alaska State Operated Schools, 1973.

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Common Plants on the North Slope

"Common Plants on the North Slope." Website of the North Slope Borough, Department of Wildlife Management with information on some of the common plants found on the North Slope of Alaska. It includes plant names (common, scientific and Iñupiaq), descriptions, pictures, and traditional uses. It also contains a list of resources for other information about plants.

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Dena'ina Way of Living

Dena'inaq' Huch'ulyeshi: The Dena'ina Way of Living. Teacher's Resource Kit. Suzi Jones, James A. Fall, and Aaron Leggett, Anchorage, AK: Anchorage Museum, 2013. Educational resource kit developed in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name.
Also available is the related book, Dena'inaq' Huch'ulyeshi. Suzi Jones, James A. Fall, Aaron Leggett, editors. Fairbanks, AK: University Alaska Press in association with the Anchorage Museum, 2013.

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Discovering Wild Plants

Discovering Wild Plants: Alaska, Western Canada, The Northwest. Janice J. Schofield. Seattle, WA: Alaska Northwest Books, 1989.

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Ethnobotany of the Dena’ina Indians of Southcentral Alaska

Tanaina Plantlore/Dena’ina K’et’una: An Ethnobotany of the Dena’ina Indians of Southcentral Alaska. Priscilla Russell Kari. Fairbanks, AK: Alaska Native Language Center, Alaska Natural History Association and National Park Service, 1991.

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Gin Xila'a - Plants

Gin Xila'a - Plants. Grade Levels K-2. Elementary level curriculum featuring Haida language, culture and history related to plants and plant use developed in Ketchikan and Hydaburg, Alaska from 2004 to 2006 by a team of linguists, educators, curriculum specialists, Native language speakers, and traditional knowledge culture bearers. This curriculum was developed under the Haida Language Immersion Program: Boosting Academic Achievement grant from the U.S. Department of Education (#S356A030046) awarded to the Sealaska Heritage Institute in 2005.

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Medicinal Flora of the Alaska Natives

Medicinal Flora of the Alaska Natives. A Compilation of Knowledge from Literary Sources of Aleut, Alutiiq, Athabascan, Eyak, Haida, Inupiat, Tlingit, Tsimshian, and Yupik Traditional Healing Methods Using Plants. By Ann Garibaldi. Anchorage, AK: Alaska Natural Heritage Program, Environment and Natural Resources Institute, University of Alaska Anchorage, 1999.

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Plants That We Eat: Nauriat Nigiñaqtuat

Plants That We Eat: Nauriat Nigiñaqtuat: From the Traditional Wisdom of the Iñupiat Elders of Northwest Alaska. Anore Jones. Fairbanks, AK: University of Alaska Press, 2010. (Revised from original edition, 1983)

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Tanaina Plantlore

Tanaina Plantlore/Dena'ina K'et'una: An Ethnobotany of the Dena'ina People of Southcentral Alaska. Priscilla Russell Kari. Fairbanks, AK: University of Alaska Press, 2020. See also, Tanaina Plantlore. Written and photography by Priscilla N. Russell, illustrations by Nancy K. Wise. Anchorage, AK: Alaska Geographic Association, 2013.

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The Healing Power of Alaska's Plants

The Healing Power of Alaska's Plants. Exhibit Guide. A Chugach Heritage Kit (Draft). Developed by Frances Bennett and Sandra Angaiak. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Grant Number S356A090054. Anchorage, AK: Chugachmiut, no date.

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Traditional Uses of North Slope Plants

Traditional Uses of North Slope Plants. Carolyn Parker, Patuk Glenn, and Rainey Nasuġraq Hopson (illustrator). Utqiaġvik, AK: Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, 2018. Unpublished document made available only to shareholders of Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC). Contact ASRC for more information.

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Where Culture and Plants Entwine

"Where Culture and Plants Entwine." Invited ethnobotany panel at the 2022 Alaska Forum on the Environment, February 7, 2022. Video of the Zoom presentation.

Lisa Strecker: "UAF Ethnobotany Program"
Julie Rowland: "Overharvesting of Fiddleheads in Southcentral Alaska"
Meda DeWitt: "People, Plants, and Culture: Understanding Through an Indigenous Lens of Interdependent Relationships"

Video also available on UTube.

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Wild Edible and Poisonous Plants of Alaska

Wild Edible and Poisonous Plants of Alaska. Christine A. Heller. Fairbanks, AK: Cooperative Extension Service, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 1993.

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Wild Plants of the Unimak Area

"Wild Plants of Unimak Area." Part of the larger website, "Unimak Area," (http://unimak.us/index.shtml) produced by Charles Martinson, B.A., Foreign Languages, University of Oregon, Ph.D., Geography, University of Oregon. This webpage provides information about the vegetation and habitats of Unimak Island, and uses and photos of common wild plants.

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