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Recent Book of Medicinal Plants

Brij Kothari bk19 at cornell.edu
Wed Feb 9 22:26:59 EST 1994

Keywords: Ethnobotany; Medicinal Plants; Indigenous Knowledge;
          Action Research; Ecuador;

        "Nucanchic Panpa Janpicuna" or "Plantas Medicinales del Campo" is
the name of a bilingual (Quichua-Spanish) book that documents more than 120
medicinal plants used in the indigenous communities of La Esperanza,
Angochagua, and Caranqui, Imbabura, Ecuador.  The investigation for this
project was undertaken primarily by two campesino volunteers from every
participating community, under the auspices of the Union de Organizaciones
y Comunidades Indigenas de Angochagua, La Esperanza, y Caranqui

        The illustrated bilingual edition was developed primarily for the
campesinos of the region.  It includes drawings and latin names of most of
the plants and icons to pictorially represent methods of remedy preparation
and use.  An attempt was made to maintain the flavor of the languages, as
spoken and understood by the campesinos concerned.

        Future extensions of the project include the creation of a garden
of medicinal plants in each community.  Funding for the creation and
maintenance of the gardens is expected to be generated by proceeds from the
sale of this book.  The book will be sold within the communities, below
printing cost.

        The book was published jointly by ABYA-YALA and colegio
SINT-TRUIDEN (Belgium).  If anyone is interested in more info or a copy
($10.00), please contact Brij Kothari at (607) 255-0504; 277-3761, or
e-mail: bk19 at cornell.edu
All proceeds go to the communities.

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