Botanic studies Ethnographic experiences
1. Most primitive, least evolved: cyanobacteria [algae] More complex, more evolved 2. Primitive plants Mosses: spore capsules, spores, sperm, eggs Seedless Vascular Plants psilotum: cones, spores, sperm, eggs lycopodium: cones, spores, sperm, eggs ferns: sori, spores, sperm, eggs 4. Seeded non-flowering plants (cone bearing plants): gymnosperms: cones, pollen, naked seeds Most complex, evolved Seeded flowering plants angiosperms: 6. vegetative morphology: leaf shapes 8. floral morphology: flower shapes 9. fruits 3. Healing plants Plants that heal us 5. Food plants Plants that feed us 7. Material culture plants Plants that provide shelter, transportation, clothing, and that decorate our bodies, homes, and gardens 10. Sacred plants Plants that entertain, inspirit , and enrapture us, plants that inspire legends.
Wk Day Date Area Topic
0 Thurs 10 Jan Introduction 1. Introduction to Ethnobotany. Cyanobacteria.
1 Tues 15 Jan Botany 2. Outdoor primitive and less complex plants field hike: Mosses, Seedless Vascular Plants (SVP): psilotum, lycopodium, selaginella, ferns. WET MUDDY STEEP.
1 Thurs 17 Jan Ethnogarden Outdoor: Finding the plants of fall 2006: Tall razor grass will cut your legs and hands. Merremia peltata will stain your clothes. Machetes will be used. Sweaty. Hot. Wet. Muddy. 1. First the class will tour the garden as a group to learn the locations of the plants in the garden and to cover the garden cleaning ground rules. At the Palikir National Plants of Micronesia ethnobotanical garden the threat to the collection is primarily an invasive sun-loving grass (Ichaemum polystachum, reh padil) and an aggressive native vine (Merremia peltata, iohl, puhlah). Thus the following guidelines to cleaning garden: Retain as much shade as possible. Do not cut Premna obtusifolia (fienkack, topwuk, nior, niyóór, liorr, arr), Morinda citrifolia (noni, ii, weipwul, nopwur, mangal'wag, Campnosperma brevipetiolata (elahk, dohng, ramluw, rramllaw), or other small trees that provide shade. Retain, to the extent possible, ferns. The bulk of the ferns in the garden are native to Pohnpei and should be encouraged to grow. Clear carefully around all ferns and other seedless vascular plants. 2. Then the class will clean-up around the plants planted by students in previous terms. 3. Start thinking about what unique plant you could contribute to the garden at term's end. Prepare for an initial submission of your proposed plant addition on 09 October.
2 Tues 22 Jan Ethnography Preparation for group presentations on cyanobacteria, mosses, SVPs.
2 Thurs 24 Jan Ethnography Group presentations cyanobacteria, mosses (bryophytes), lycopodium, selaginella, ferns.
3 Tues 29 Jan Test One
3 Thurs 31 Jan Ethnography 3. Outdoor field trip: Plants that heal us. Traditional and medicinal plants of Pohnpei field trip to Pohnpei state campus. Read People, Plants, and Culture chapter two. Plants that heal lecture. Public versus private knowledge.
4 Tues 05 Feb Botany Plant collecting process. Herbarium specimens.
4 Thurs 07 Feb Ethnography Healing plant individual presentations
5 Tues 12 Feb Ethnography Healing plant individual presentations
5 Thurs 14 Feb Botany 4. Outdoor field trip: Gymnosperms and plants with economic value. Pohnpei Pwunso Kolonia botanic garden road trip and walk.
6 Tues 19 Feb Botany Preparation for gymnosperm presentations
6 Thurs 21 Feb Botany Group presentations: gymnosperms
7 Tues 26 Feb Midterm
7 Thurs 28 Feb Ethnogarden Outdoor: Cleaning up the garden! A chance to learn about the plants and make decisions on what culturally meaningful plant you can contribute to the garden at the end of the term. The plant you do eventually bring will have to be a new addition to the garden – either a new variety of an existing plant or a new species. Sweaty. Hot. Wet. Muddy.
8 Tues 04 Mar Ethnography 5. Outdoor: Read Balick chapter three. Plants that feed us. Food plants of Haruki walk. Planning session for Thursday. A walk and talk on campus. Is there a field trip option here with Lois and Island Foods?
8 Thurs 06 Mar Ethnography Plants as food: Each cultural group brings a traditional food to share. Group presentation with food.
9 Tues 11 Mar Botany 6. Outdoor field walk: Angiosperms: Vegetative morphology
9 Thurs 13 Mar Ethnography Field trip: Marekeiso production
10 Tues 18 Mar Ethnography 7. Balick four. Material culture: Plants that shelter us, transport us, and decorate our bodies, homes, and gardens. At the hut near the gym.
10 Thurs 20 Mar
11 Tues 25 Mar Ethnography Material culture individual presentations
11 Thurs 27 Mar Ethnography Material culture individual presentations
12 Tues 01 Apr
Founding day
12 Thurs 03 Apr Botany 8. Outdoor field walk: Angiosperms: Floral morphology. Sketch flowers. [Reminder: week and a half to share a story]
13 Tues 08 Apr Botany 9. Let 'em eat fruit! Bring an edible fruit to share with the class. Angiosperms: fruits. The third morphological component in the trio leaves, flowers, and fruit.
13 Thurs 10 Apr Test Two
14 Tues 15 Apr Ethnography Share a story about a plant. The story could be a legend, a personal experience where a plant played an central role, or the story of the history of how plant came to your island. Any kind of plant story that can be shared.
14 Thurs 17 Apr Ethnography 10. Balick five. Plants that entertain us. Memes and Areca catechu. Entering other worlds lecture: Five types of psychoactive substances.
15 Tues 22 Apr Ethnography Piper methysticum: Chemistry and Uses, Legends
15 Thurs 24 Apr Ethnography Field Trip: Kava cultural ceremony
16 Tues 29 Apr Ethnogarden Outdoor work with dirt: Ethnobotanical garden clean-up. Tall razor grass will cut your legs and hands. Merremia peltata will stain your clothes. Sharp knives will be used. Sweaty. Hot. Wet. Muddy.
16 Thurs 01 May Ethnogarden Outdoor work with dirt: Sweaty. Hot. Wet. Muddy.Outdoor work with dirt: Ethnobotanical garden BRING YOUR PLANT TO PLANT! Turn in a paragraph on the plant you've added to the ethnobotanical garden. Include the name in your culture and the cultural usage. The paper should be submitted via email as it will be maintained on the ethnobotany web site for future reference! Take Home Final
17 Tues 06 May Ethnography Take home final examination due by 5:00 P.M.