SC/SS 115 Ethnobotany syllabus and calendar Calendar of topics and laboratories for SC/SS 115 Ethnobotany Tuesday Thursday 10 Jan Intro to Ethnobotany. Text. Home. 1. Cyanobacteria, Mosses. Lee Ling: Chapter one. Balick: Chapter one 12 Jan Outdoor hike. Less complex plants. 2. Lyco- and monilophytes. Wet, muddy, steep. Lee Ling: Chapter two. Balick: pages 217-251. 17 Jan Outdoor dirty. Cleaning up and learning the plants of the ethnogarden. Stains happen, machetes & rakes used. Sweaty, muddy, wet. 19 Jan Preparation for group presentations on cyanobacteria, mosses, monilophytes. 24 Jan Group presentations cyanobacteria, mosses (bryophytes), lycophytes, monilophytes 26 Jan Outdoor field trip. Plants that heal us. 3. Traditional plants garden Pohnpei campus. Lee Ling: Chapter three. Balick: Chapter seven. 31 Jan Outdoor walk. Plant collecting process. Herbarium specimens. Healing lecture. A walk through a living herbarium. 02 Feb Healing plant individual presentations Last names A to L 07 Feb Healing plant individual presentations Last names M to Z 09 Feb Test One 14 Feb Outdoor field trip. Pwunso Kolonia. 4. Gymnosperms, plants with economic value. Lee Ling: Chapter four. Balick: page 220 16 Feb Preparation for gymnosperm presentations. Determine food groups food presentations. 21 Feb Group presentations: gymnosperms 23 Feb Field trip. Island Food Community. Pwunso, Kolonia. 28 Feb Outdoor walk. Haruki food plants walk. 5. Plants that feed us. Planning session for food presentations. Lee Ling: 5. Balick: 2, 3, 4, 5 01 Mar Plants as food: Each cultural group brings a traditional food to share. Group presentation with food. 06 Mar Outdoor dirty. Cleaning ethnogarden A chance to learn the plants. Sweaty. Hot. Wet. Muddy. Review also test one plants. 08 Mar Outdoor walk. Angiosperms. 6. Vegetative morphology. Ethnogarden to oahs. Lee Ling: Six. 13 Mar Material culture talk. 7. Plants that shelter, transport, decorate. Location TBA. Lee Ling: Seven. 15 Mar Outdoor if possible. Material culture activity: Thatching Balick: Pages 263, 265, 267, 268 20 Mar Outdoor dirty. Week of Ohigan. Haruki cemetery. Shunbun no hi equinox day. Sweaty. Hot. Wet. Muddy. Meet behind the gym! 22 Mar Material culture individual presentations. Last names M to Z. 27 Mar Material culture individual presentations. Last names A to L. 29 Mar Outdoor walk. Angiosperms. 8. Floral morphology. Sketch flowers. Floral formulas. Floral SVG handout.Lee Ling: 8 03 Apr Staff Dev Day No class 05 Apr Spring break No class 10 Apr Individual presentations. A to Z. 9. Bring an edible fruit to share with the class. Lee Ling: Chapter nine 12 Apr Test two 17 Apr Outdoor dirty. Clidemia hirta (Koster's curse, riahpen rot) pulling exercise. Extremely muddy. Wet. Itchy. Coconut oil a must. 19 Apr Plants that entertain us. Memes and 10. Areca catechu. Entering other worlds Five types. Lee Ling: Ten. Balick: six 24 Apr Piper methysticum: Chemistry and Uses. Legends. Balick: Chapter six Lee Ling: Sakau ceremony purposes 26 Apr Field Trip: Kava cultural ceremony Location to be determined. 01 May Outdoor dirty. Sweaty. Hot. Wet. Muddy Ethnobotanical garden: Final cleaning, literally. Reviewing for the final. 03 May 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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❧ Do not write on the tables, open the taps, or otherwise touch the equipment in the laboratory unless so instructed. Please do not carve your names into anything.
❧ 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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