Video Library

The following videos are intended to serve as educational modules of different topics in ethnobotany, ethnoecology and ethnobiological conservation. These videos were made for public educational use, please disseminate freely by linking to this page, or the individual pages within.

Collectively, these videos were originally released as a series of 13 DVDs which progressed in the information being discussed. Some institutions may still refer to them using that information, for this reason the ordering and disc titles have been maintained here. These were developed with the understanding that individuals and academic institutions would adopt wholly or in part video modules deemed relevant.

Although there is a core group responsible for video content and production, each video should be treated as a seperate production. Full credits to cast, crew, producers, references, and reviewers can be found within the content of each individual video. These should be used for any citations.

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Introduction to Ethnobotany Video Series

Disc 1 Introduction to Ethnobotany

01 E Kāne-au-loli-ka-honua: Pule hōuluulu `ai

02 Introduction: The Culture of Ethnobotany

03 Guns, Germs & Steel

04 Transported Landscapes

Disc 02 Plant Origins & Oceanic Cultures

05 Origins of Plant Uses: Mythology as Truth

06 Evolution of Pacific Cultures

07 LapitaToolkits

08 Crops in Pacific Island Cultures

09 An Introductionto the Ethnobotany of the Canoe Plants: Five trees introduced from Polynesia

Disc 03 What’s Really for Dinner

10 Wild Plant Foods

11 Foraging: A documentary by David Strauch

12 Origins of Agriculture

13 Major World Crops

Disc 04 The Spice of Life

14 Ethnobotany of Limu

15 Cultural Diaspora and Culinary Ethnobotanical Knowledge

16 Cultural Interactions with Spices and Herbs

Disc 05 I’ll Drink to That

17 Stimulating Beverages: An Ethnobotanical History of Coffee & Chocolate

18 Alcoholic Beverages

19 `awa & Cultural Conservation

Disc 06 Beyond the Rainbow

20 Entering Another World

21 Plants of the Gods part I

22 Plants of the Gods part II

Disc 07 So Bitter, So Strong!

23 Illness & Medicine in a Cultural Setting

24 Making Sense of Plant Medicines: Exploring the Sensory Properties of Plant Therapies:A Kalimantan Example

25 Herbal Remedies

26 Medicinal Plants in the Hidden Land of Dolpo; Working with Himalayan Healers at SheyPhoksundo National Park, Nepal

Disc 08 Peaceful Warriors

27 Polynesian Herbal Medicine

28 Rotuman Traditional Medicine

29 La`au Lapa`au: Traditional Hawaiian Herbal Healthcare

30 Traditional Chinese Medicine

Disc 09 Maintaining the Beat

31 Some Hawaiian Plants used in Hula

32 Kuo Hina `e Hiapo: The Mulberry is White and Ready to Harvest

33 Kapa/Tapa: Pacific Felted Bark Cloth

34 Recollections of a Family Tradition of Bird-Catching

Disc 10 Why are Plants Useful?

35 Why are Plants Useful? The Plants’ Side of Human-Plant Interactions

36 What Makes Plants Waterproof?

37 Taxonomy

Disc 11 Home is Where the Heart Is

38 Ethnobotany & Architecture part I: Shelter & Cultural Identification

39 Ethnobotany & Architecture part II: Architecture & Historic Buildings

40 Ethnobotany of Traditional Hawaiian Housing Materials

41 Home Gardens

Disc 12 Saving Culture = Saving the Earth

42 Ethnoecology, Cultural Uses of Plants, and the Conservation of Biological Diversity

43 Ethnobotany and Conservation in West Africa

44 Carving a Future: 10 Lessons for Sustainable Woodcarving Enterprises

45 Culture and Ecology in Micronesia: Plant use and forest conservation

Disc 13 Faith, Science & Plant Thoughts

46 Ethnobotanical Ethics

47 Ethnobotany & Religion: Plants in Buddhism

48 Ethnobotany & Religion: Christianity and Plants

49 Moringa: The Miracle Tree