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After the first full moon in April: a sourcebook of herbal by Josephine Grant Peters

By Josephine Grant Peters

During this amazing ebook Josephine Peters, a respected northern California Indian elder and local healer, stocks her immense, lifelong cultural and plant knowledge. The ebook starts off with Josephine's personal and tribal heritage and gathering ethics. Josephine then instructs the reader in medicinal and plant food preparations and deals an illustrated catalog of the makes use of and doses of over one hundred sixty vegetation. At a time of the commercialization of conventional ecological wisdom, Peters offers her wealthy culture on her personal phrases, and in response to her non secular convictions approximately how her wisdom will be shared. This quantity is key for somebody operating in ethnobotany, ethnomedicine, environmental anthropology, local American stories, and Western and California tradition and background.

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Aunt Ida taught Josephine to make rag dolls, take socks with red heels and turn them into red-nosed monkeys, and make quilts. 10. Old Home Place with barn visible in distance. Photo by George Beck, courtesy of Cheryl Beck. “sticks” for their baskets. Josephine started learning the weaving process by trial and error, when she was about eight or nine years old, based on what she observed (Johnson and Marks 1997: 128). I used to sit out in the yard with picked plantain, those big high stems and weave with that.

They had five children, including George. Two years later, William Porter Bennett married Melissa L. Crawford (1850–1914), who came to California in 1869. When William Porter Bennett first came to the area he lived with Julie Miller (Karuk). They had a son, John, who was also married to Louise Nelson, Scandinavian on her father Hans Nelson’s side, and Karuk and Shasta on her mother Jennie Redcap Johnnie ’s side. 6) (Grant III 1972: 19; Cheryl Beck, personal communication with Beverly Ortiz, September 27, 2009).

Photo by Beverly Ortiz, August 30, 2001. Josephine’s uncle and aunt Carl and Melissa Langford operated a store below their Somes Bar home. The children climbed a nearby fig tree, whenever they craved one of its fruits. Until Josephine was six, when her first sister was born, she had only boys to play with—five brothers and young uncles. Josephine relished playing the boy’s competitive games, including competitions to see who could eat the most garlic. Josephine thought nothing of wrestling with the boys: We used to wrassle like heck for a quarter or a dime, Josephine explained with a laugh.

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