SC/SS 115 Ethnobotany


03 May 2007

Priana digs with a knife.

Priana Andereas

Wilson would plant a pineapple out west of the mango trees. Ceasar Ardos also brought and planted pineapple.

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A coleus was planted near the pineapples, possibly by Teine.

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Aireen and Irene work out where to plant their mwourop and roamoak. They eventually settle on a spot near the dohng.

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Sheryl and Michelle plant ground cover near the Hibiscus tiliaceus. A second plant is near the ground cover. Both were, in my judgement, "plants of convenience" with little or no Kosraen cultural significance. As terms progress and the "easy" cultural plants get planted, there is a need to redevelop this part of the curriculum into something more substantive. Students need to determine a plant in advance and do a paper in association with the chosen plant. That paper should include drafts and research.

Sheryl Anton, Michelle Anton

Emmy and Cassandra plant Piper betel by the coconut palm.

Cassandra Pinnifen, Emy Rutnag

Stephen clears a spot back towards the road for his plant..

Stephen Iphraim

Evelyn and Beverlyn posin' up under the east mango tree. Nice hair decor!

Evelyn [Magareth Siba] Steiner, Beverlyn Nena

Annie and Teine are seen working near the extant plumeria in the image below. Teine brought two plants. One is called lagau akai inu, and the other is lagau mmee in the Kapinga language. Lagau mmee is translated at "red tree" and is used to treat boils. Two leaves are used, pounded, and applied to the boil for about nine hours to bring the boil to a head. According to Teine's notation on her map, lagau mmee is the coleus plant near the pineapples.

Lagau akai inu is translated as "drink tree flower." The flowers are used to prepare a tea which is then drunk as a organ cleansing tonic to prevent illness. The tea is ready when the water turns red.

Annie Amyda, Teine George

One of the two plants below is apparently lagau akai inu.

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Aireen supervises while Irene swings the knife. Holding the flag is a key task!

Aireen Lebehn, Irene Nena Charley

They planted remek and mwouropw

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Pernes Samuel

Pernes Samuel planted black sugar cane (Saccharum officinarum), Andrew Falcam planted sehu kala - showy sugar cane. Unclear the distinction between "white" sugar cane and showy sugar cane. Andrew is tucked in behind Ceasar.

Overview of area in which Pernes, Ceasar, and Priana were working. Looking east from the area of the Cassia alata. Annie, Teine, Shellain, and Emyleen can be seen at the upper right.

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Shellain Helgenberger planted sawa toal, a soft taro. Toal likely refers to "black." Behind the taro is a banana that must have been planted by Emyleen Thomas. Emyleen is in front of Shellain near the banana.

Annie Amyda, Teine George, Shellain Helgenberger, Emyleen Thomas

Planted in a cluster is Gardenia [augusta], Ixora casei (orange variant), a soft taro, and a banana.

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Pernes, Ceasar, Priana

The plumeria planted in the spring of 2006 turns out to have been placed in the middle of a stream bed.

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