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Plant Kin


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Table of Contents

  • List of Illustrations
  • Introduction: Toward a Sensory Ethnobotany in the Anthropocene
    • Approaching People and Plants in the Anthropocene
    • Approaching Sensory Ethnobotany
    • Introducing the Canela People
    • Introducing the Plant Kin
    • Following the Pathways of This Book
  • 1. Tracing Indigenous Landscape Aesthetics in the Changing Cerrado
    • Tracing a Canela Aesthetics of Land
    • Understanding the Canela Bio-Sociocultural Life-World
    • Understanding the Changing Cerrado
    • Approaching the Canela Territorial Landscape
    • Becoming Resilient: Living with and Valuing the Land
  • 2. Loving Gardens: Human-Environment Engagements in Past and Present--
    • Understanding Indigenous Landscape Transformations
    • Gardening: A Brief History, 1814-Present
    • Loving Forest and Riverbank Gardens in the Twenty-First Century
    • Learning from Star-Woman: Origins of Horticulture and Biodiversity Maintenance
    • Gardening as Resistance
  • 3. Educating Affection: Becoming Gardener Parents
    • Parenting Plants: Skills, Practice, Process
    • Learning, Knowing, and Feeling with Plants
    • Understanding Gendered Multispecies Bodies
    • Caretaking of Plant Children: The Experts
    • Becoming Strong, Becoming Happy, Becoming Well
    • Making and Growing with Plant Kin
  • 4. Naming Plant Children: Ethnobotanical Classification as Childcare
    • Categorizing Plants: Sensory Pleasures
    • Noticing, Naming, Sorting, and Saving
    • Expanding Multispecies Families
    • Writing: Plant Childcare in the Twenty-First Century
    • Multispecies Loving, Open Taxonomies, and Living Lists
  • 5. Becoming a Shaman with Plants: Friendship, Seduction, and Mediating Danger
    • Talking with Plants
    • Becoming a Shaman: Engagements with Nonhumans
    • Shamanic Caring
    • Shamanic Mediating: Dangers in the Gardens
    • Becoming Friends to Plants in Canela Scalar Animism
  • Conclusion: Exploring Futures for People and Plants in the Twenty-First Century
    • Advocating for Sensory Ethnobotany in Multispecies Futures
  • Epilogue
  • Acknowledgments
  • Appendices
    • Appendix A: Living Lists of Canela Cultivated Crops
    • Appendix B: Living Lists of Canela Native Plants in Savannah, Chapada, and Riverbank
    • Appendix C: Star-Woman (Caxetikwyj) Mythic Story
  • Notes
  • References
  • Index

About the Author

Theresa L. Miller is an anthropologist working on environmental and social justice issues. She has worked at the Field Museum and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and is currently a Researcher at FrameWorks Institute in Washington, DC.


"Fascinating...Plant Kin offers a glimmer of hope in the Anthropocene of the possibilities of alternative and sustainable engagements with plants and their ecologies." * CHOICE *

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