By Robert J. Dufault

Stalking the Wild Sweetgrass: Domestication and Horticulture of the Grass utilized in African-American Coiled Basketry is anxious with the historic domestication of sweetgrass, the most construction/structural grass utilized in the 3 century outdated African-American culture of coiled basketry in South Carolina. in the course of the plantation period in southern agriculture, sweetgrass baskets have been made for post-harvest processing and garage of rice by means of enslaved Africans from decrease Cape worry, North Carolina to northern Florida. Enslaved Africans from the Rice nation in Africa have been prized for the basketry and rice agronomic abilities and have been in particular sought via slavery investors. this present day, this old craft nonetheless prospers in the neighborhood of Mt. friendly, South Carolina.

Authored through essentially the most popular specialists within the box and choked with illuminating colour photos, this quantity offers wisdom of the horticulture of a really very important wild plant and an instance of the perils of plant- and people-based study and experimentation. As one of many few authoritative texts at the topic, Stalking the Wild Sweetgrass: Domestication and Horticulture of the Grass utilized in African-American Coiled Basketry is a creative quantity on wild sweetgrass, compatible for researchers and scholars alike.

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