Native American Uses and Management of California’s Grasslands

M. Kat Anderson

in California Grasslands

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780520252202
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933972 | DOI:
Native American Uses and Management of California’s Grasslands

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This chapter describes the Native American uses and management of California grasslands. California's grasslands were integral to the prosperity of each tribe, perhaps contributing more species to subsistence economies than any other single vegetation type. The chapter begins by discussing the ethnobiology and ethnozoology of the grasslands. It describes how grasslands supported many types of human activities, providing plant species diversity needed for adornments and clothing, animal products, basketry, construction materials, cordage, medicines, and plant foods. The chapter also describes the indigenous influences and long-term management practices in grassland ecosystems in California.

Keywords: Native American; grasslands; ethnobiology; ethnozoology; clothing; basketry; construction materials; cordage; medicines; plant foods

Chapter.  7380 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry

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