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  • ISBN: 9781887714334
  • ISBN: 1887714332
  • Physical Description: print
    112 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
  • Edition: Revised edition.
  • Publisher: Columbia, SC : Summerhouse Press, [1998]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: The island speaks (poetry) -- 1. BACKGROUND. A brief history of the Sea Islands: African origins, the plantations, plantation life and the Gullah culture -- Sources of black folk medicine in native America --Sources of black folk medicine on the plantation -- The traditional black medical system -- Contemporary herb use -- II. PLANTS AND CURES. Directory of Sea Islands medicinal roots and herbs: American aloe; Angelica tree; Jerusalem artichoke; Ayshaberry (black cohosh or black snakeroot); Bitter apple; Blackberry; Blackroot; Bloodroot; Boneset; Wild black cherry; Clay; Comfrey; Sea Island cotton; Elderberry; Fennel; Galax, Sweet gum; Holly; Horsenettle; Indian shot (Ladyslipper, Lady's slipper) -- Ironweed (Indian tobacco); Common ironweed; Jimsey (Jimson weed); Kidney weed (Whorled Milkwort); Hairy laurel; Life everlasting; American wild mint; Mistletoe; Spanish moss (green moss, old man's beard, black moss, long moss); Muckles; Brown muckles (was myrtle, bayberry); March muckle (sea muckle); Red muckle; White muckle (groundselbush, sea myrtle); Yellow muckle; Mullein (verbascum); Nightshade; Red oak (Spanish oak); Oil bush (fever bush); Okra (gombo); Old hag's table (mushroom); Red onion; Pine tar; Pokeroot; Rignum; St. John's; Sassafras; Sedge; American Senna; Snakeroot; Button snakeroot; Sampson's snakeroot; White snakeroot; Speedwell; Sutras; Swamp grass (swamp root, Virginia snakeroot); Tadawas (aster); Whiteroot; Plant cures used in the Sea Islands.
Summary, etc.: In relatively few pages, this book tackles an extraordinarily involved question: How does a culture develop its unique approach to healing? Author and medical anthropologist Mitchell provides us with insights by examining the medicinal practices of the Gullah people of the South Sea Islands who settled off the coast of South Carolina. The Gullah people are African-Americans descended from slaves who developed a distinct dialect and folk heritage due to their unique geographical isolation. Since as late the 1960s these islands were unreachable except by boat, so the Gullah learned to rely on herbal remedies for the treatment of illness, both physical and spiritual.
Subject: Gullahs -- Folklore
Gullahs -- Medicine
Gullahs -- Ethnobotany
Traditional medicine -- Sea Islands
Medicinal plants -- Sea Islands
Ethnobotany -- Sea Islands
Topic Heading: Gullah-Geechee Collection.
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