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Author Dufault, Robert J

Title Stalking the wild sweetgrass : domestication and horticulture of the grass used in African-American coiled basketry / Robert J. Dufault
Published New York, NY : Springer, ©2013


Description 1 online resource
Series SpringerBriefs in plant science, 2192-1229
SpringerBriefs in plant science.
Contents Introduction -- The beginnings of change -- My time to get involved -- Getting to the grass roots of cultivation -- Getting more involved -- Sweetgrass Utopia in the Southeast -- Little St. Simon's Island -- Getting to know the basketmakers -- Sweetgrass Culture Workshop Oct. 24, 1992 -- The concept of large scale sweetgrass plantations -- 2nd Site of large scale sweetgrass plantings -- McLeod Plantation, James Island -- 3rd Site of large scale sweetgrass plantings -- Dill Sanctuary, James Island -- Alternative ways to access sweetgrass -- Sweetgrass biology -- Sweetgrass horticulture -environmental considerations -- Seedling cultural practices -- Field production practices -- Concluding thoughts -- Afterthoughts
Summary Stalking the Wild Sweetgrass: Domestication and Horticulture of the Grass Used in African-American Coiled Basketry is concerned with the historical domestication of sweetgrass, the main construction/structural grass used in the three century old African-American tradition of coiled basketry in South Carolina. During the plantation era in southern agriculture, sweetgrass baskets were made for post-harvest processing and storage of rice by enslaved Africans from Lower Cape Fear, North Carolina to northern Florida. Enslaved Africans from the Rice Kingdom in Africa were prized for the basketry and rice agronomic skills and were specially sought by slavery traders. Today, this ancient craft still thrives in the community of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. Authored by one of the most renowned experts in the field and filled with illuminating color photographs, this volume provides knowledge of the horticulture of an extremely important wild plant and an example of the perils of plant- and people-based research and experimentation. As one of the few authoritative texts on the subject, Stalking the Wild Sweetgrass: Domestication and Horticulture of the Grass Used in African-American Coiled Basketry is a resourceful volume on wild sweetgrass, suitable for researchers and students alike
Analysis Life sciences
Plant Ecology
Plant anatomy
Plant physiology
Plant breeding
Plant Sciences
Plant Systematics/Taxonomy/Biogeography
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Subject Schoenoplectus pungens.
NATURE -- Plants -- General.
Schoenoplectus pungens
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781461459033