SC/SS 115 Ethnobotany
The course combines the study of the interaction of people and plants with a broad survey of the diversity of plants described both scientifically and culturally. Students will be able to identify, compare, and contrast the distinguishing morphological and reproductive characteristics of plants used by Micronesians; observe, describe, communicate, and experience the uses of plants in their cultural context.
Orthographic note: The spellings of local terms on the page herein are those provided by the students. The student presentations are done under the constructivist theory of education where knowledge is jointly built. The spellings and the spelling variants provide discussion points. There is no intent that these spellings are in any way to be construed as official spellings.
File format note: Some files are in OpenDocument text and OpenDocument spreadsheet. These files can be accessed by using LibreOffice.org.
Calendar and syllabus
Ethnobotany course blog
Lecture Support Materials
Term start student information survey
Botanic garden flora •
Haruki with SVG floral formulas geolocated
Pohnpei campus traditional plants garden SVG
Healing plants presentations 2005-2007
Coconut oil uses spreadsheet •
Legends of the stone
Pohnpeian language documents covering culture, the nahs, and the sakau ceremony
Psychoactive ceremony cost justification
Ceremony receipt odt
Ceremony thank-you letter odt
Invasives: Clidemia hirta
Ethnobotanical garden map as Scalable Vector Graphic in xhtml
Traditional plant garden ethnobotanical information sheets
Haruki cemetery pages
Haruki cemetery information
Kazuhide Aruga information
Plants of Haruki
Junk of Haruki
Haruki cemetery map as Scalable Vector Graphic in xhtml
Term specific material
Beginning with spring 2017 material was either integrated directly into the course text, placed in the flora, or assigned from within the Schoology LMS.