SC/SS 115 Ethnobotany syllabus and calendar Calendar of topics and laboratories for SC/SS 115 Ethnobotany Tuesday Thursday 15 Aug Intro to Ethnobotany. Text. Home. 1. Cyanobacteria, Mosses. Lee Ling: Chapter one. Balick: Chapter one 18 Aug Outdoor hike. Less complex plants. 2. Lyco- and monilophytes. Wet, muddy, steep. Lee Ling: Chapter two. Balick: pages 217-251. 23 Aug Outdoor dirty. Cleaning up and learning the plants of the ethnogarden. Stains happen, machetes & rakes used. Sweaty, muddy, wet. 25 Aug Preparation for group presentations on cyanobacteria, mosses, monilophytes. 30 Aug Group presentations cyanobacteria, mosses (bryophytes), lycophytes, monilophytes 01 Sep Outdoor field trip. Plants that heal us. 3. Traditional plants garden Pohnpei campus. Lee Ling: Chapter three. Balick: Chapter seven. 06 Sep Outdoor walk. Plant collecting process. Herbarium specimens. Healing lecture. A walk through a living herbarium. 08 Sep Healing plant individual presentations Last names A to L 13 Sep Healing plant individual presentations Last names M to Z 15 Sep Test One 20 Sep Outdoor dirty. Week of Ohigan. Haruki cemetery. Shunbun no hi equinox day. Sweaty. Hot. Wet. Muddy. Meet behind the gym! 22 Sep Outdoor field trip. Pwunso Kolonia. 4. Gymnosperms, plants with economic value. Lee Ling: Chapter four. Balick: page 220 27 Sep Preparation for gymnosperm presentations. Determine food groups food presentations. 29 Sep Group presentations: gymnosperms 04 Oct Field trip. Island Food Community. Pwunso, Kolonia. 06 Oct Outdoor walk. Haruki food plants walk. 5. Plants that feed us. Planning session for food presentations. Lee Ling: 5. Balick: 2, 3, 4, 5 11 Oct Plants as food: Each cultural group brings a traditional food to share. Group presentation with food. 13 Oct Outdoor dirty. Cleaning up the garden A chance to learn the plants. Sweaty. Hot. Wet. Muddy. Review also test one plants. 18 Oct Outdoor walk. Angiosperms. 6. Vegetative morphology. Ethnogarden to oahs. Lee Ling: Six. 20 Oct Material culture talk. 7. Plants that shelter, transport, decorate. Location TBA. Lee Ling: Seven. 25 Oct Outdoor if possible. Material culture activity Balick: Pages 263, 265, 267, 268 27 Oct Material culture individual presentations. Last names M to Z. 01 Nov Material culture individual presentations. Last names A to L. 03 Nov FSM Independence 08 Nov Pohnpei Constitution 10 Nov Outdoor walk. Angiosperms. 8. Floral morphology. Sketch flowers. Floral formulas. Floral SVG handout.Lee Ling: 8 15 Nov Individual presentations. A to Z. 9. Bring an edible fruit to share with the class. Lee Ling: Chapter nine 17 Nov Test two 22 Nov Outdoor dirty. Clidemia hirta (Koster's curse, riahpen rot) pulling exercise. Extremely muddy. Wet. Itchy. Coconut oil a must. 24 Nov Plants that entertain us. Memes and 10. Areca catechu. Entering other worlds Five types. Lee Ling: Ten. Balick: six 29 Nov Piper methysticum: Chemistry and Uses. Legends. Balick: Chapter six Lee Ling: Sakau ceremony purposes 01 Dec Field Trip: Kava cultural ceremony Location to be determined. 06 Dec Outdoor dirty. Sweaty. Hot. Wet. Muddy Ethnobotanical garden: Final cleaning, literally. Reviewing for the final. 07 Dec 4:20 to 6:20 A field practical final in the ethnobotanical garden identifying the plants and their uses.
Botanic studiesEthnographic experiences
1. Most primitive, least evolved:

More complex, more evolved
2. Primitive plants
Mosses: spore capsules, spores, sperm, eggs
Monilophytes [ferns]: sori, spores, sperm, eggs;
Lycophytes: cones, spores, sperm, eggs
4. Seeded non-flowering plants :
Gymnosperms: cones, pollen, naked seeds

Most complex, most 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.

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❧ Field trips, hikes, and outings: Rain or shine, on and off trail. Hikes over difficult, steep, muddy, and slippery terrain are conducted. Outdoor work days are in pouring rain or hot sun and involve sharp objects such as machetes. Plants grow where they want to, not where it is convenient for us. Plant knowledge gained on hikes is testable material: Ethnobotany is a listen, watch, experience, do, and learn field!
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❧ Assessment: Tests and examinations include coverage of student learning outcomes on outline. Some outcomes are assessed via presentations. Grade is based on participation in course activities, performing presentations, and achievement on tests. Being here and being an active participant are crucial to success in this course.
❧ Ethnographic individual presentations are oral presentations to the class.
❧ Healing plants presentation: bring the plant. Material culture: bring the item. Fruit: bring the fruit.
❧ Some students will have to work with the instructor to find suitable material for presentations.
❧ The presentation of a traditional food is done as a group. Each culture presents a single food, bringing that food to share with the class.
❧ Photographs are taken of class presentations, hikes, field, trips, and activities. These photographs are used as part of the documentation of the course. The intent of the photographs is to provide visual evidence of the sorts of learning activities that occur in the class.
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