Documenting Ethnobiology in Mexico and Central America Natural History Collections and Observation Projects


Gettysburg College

Floristic and ethnobotanical study in the municipalities of Tlatauquitepec and Yaonahuac, Sierra Nororiental de Puebla

This collection is part of a series of community-based floristic and ethnobotanical studies that form part of a project directed by Jonathan D. Amith. Two teams of two botanists each collected monthly (approx. 8 days/month) in: (1) San Juan Tahitic, municipality Zacapoaxtla, (2) Zongozotla, munic. Zongozotla,(3) Atlequizayán, munic. Atlequizayán, (4) Rosa de Castilla, munic. Zautla; (5) Cuauhtémoc, munic. Ayotoxco, (6) Yoloctzin and Paso Real, municipalities Tlatlauquitepec y Yaonahuac, respectively. The leaders of the two teams were Canek Ledesma Corral (1–3) and Miriam Jímenez Chimil (4–6). In addition, Ledesma was director in charge of managing and coordinating the two teams, overseeing goal attainment, administering the collections database and organizing the in situ photographs. The teams included two Nahuat-speaking biologists: Mariano Gorostiza Salazar (S. Mig. Tzinacapan) and Anastasio Sotero Hernández (S. Juan Tahitic) who in addition to their responsibilities for collection, photography, and maintaining field notes contributed their knowledge of Indigenous nomenclature, classification, and use of plants. In year 2, Osbel López Francisco, a Totonac speaker and biologist from Zongozotla, joined the project.

Status of documentation: The Tlatlauquitepec and Yaonahuac project team was Miriam Jiménez Chimil and both Mariano Gorostiza and Anastasio Sotero (alternatively). The major Nahuat-speaking consultants were Patricio Ramos, Gil Guerrero, and Lauro Ortega (all from Yoloctzin). The results include 103 collections and 287 in situ photographs.

Funding support: Generous support for floristic and ethnobotanical research was provided by the National Science Foundation, Documenting Endangered Languages; National Endowment for the Humanities, Preservation and Access; the Endangered Language Documentation Programme (School of Oriental and African Studies, London); and the Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad (Mexico).

Contact: Jonathan D. Amith (demca.biology@gmail.com)
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Global Unique Identifier: 1eb7500e-b7af-48f9-af7c-f53658cbb03a
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Independent-Ferns

Floristic and ethnobotanical study of ferns and allies in the Sierras Nororiental y Norte de Puebla

This collection is the result of a collaboration between Jonathan D. Amith, who lead a team for a series of community-based floristic and ethnobotanical studies of approximately a dozen communities in the sierras Norte and Nororiental de Puebla, and Daniel Tejero, a fern expert who had extensively collected in the same region. Amith’s teams included Canek Ledesma Corral, Miriam Jímenez Chimil, Mariano Gorostiza Salazar, Anastasio Sotero Hernández, and Pilar Mendoza.

Status of documentation: The floristic study of ferns and allies has produced a total of 1,222 collections with 1218 in Puebla and 4 in Veracruz (very close to the Puebla border). Of these a total of 569 were collected by Amith and teams working on projects that he directed. Daniel Tejero collected 417 ferns and allies in an effort that he coordinated with Amith. Finally, Amith invited Eric Schuettpelz (Smithsonian Institution) to collect in the Sierra Nororiental de Puebla with his own support team. Schuettpelz collected 236 specimens, part of the present database. Schuettpelz and Aleksandar Radosavljevic are presently sequencing rbcL for all 1,222 specimens. This will be used to study local phylogeny and create a DNA barcode reference library for identification to species of tissue from future collections. All identifications to species of the original 1,222 collections were provided by Daniel Tejero-Díez.

Funding support: Generous support for floristic and ethnobotanical research was provided by the National Science Foundation, Documenting Endangered Languages; National Endowment for the Humanities, Preservation and Access; the Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad (Mexico); and the Endangered Language Documentation Programme (School of Oriental and African Studies, London).

Contact: Jonathan D. Amith (demca.biology@gmail.com)
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Global Unique Identifier: eac374a5-a6f1-4ec0-b3d8-efb06fd01310
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Gettysburg College

Floristic and ethnobotanical study of in the municipalities of Zautla and Xochiapulco, Sierra Nororiental de Puebla

This collection is part of a series of community-based floristic and ethnobotanical studies that form part of a project directed by Jonathan D. Amith. Two teams of two botanists each collected monthly (approx. 8 days/month) in: (1) San Juan Tahitic, municipality Zacapoaxtla, (2) Zongozotla, munic. Zongozotla,(3) Atlequizayán, munic. Atlequizayán, (4) Rosa de Castilla, munic. Zautla; (5) Cuauhtémoc, munic. Ayotoxco, (6) Yoloctzin and Paso Real, municipalities Tlatlauquitepec y Yaonahuac, respectively. The leaders of the two teams were Canek Ledesma Corral (1–3) and Miriam Jímenez Chimil (4–6). In addition, Ledesma was director in charge of managing and coordinating the two teams, overseeing goal attainment, administering the collections database and organizing the in situ photographs. The teams included two Nahuat-speaking biologists: Mariano Gorostiza Salazar (S. Mig. Tzinacapan) and Anastasio Sotero Hernández (S. Juan Tahitic) who in addition to their responsibilities for collection, photography, and maintaining field notes contributed their knowledge of Indigenous nomenclature, classification, and use of plants. In year 2, Osbel López Francisco, a Totonac speaker and biologist from Zongozotla, joined the project.

Status of documentation: The Zautla and Xochiapulco project team was Miriam Jiménez Chimil and Mariano Gorostiza Salazar. The major Nahuat-speaking consultants were Armando Bonilla, Domingo Evaristo, Florencia Vallejo, Juan Plácido, and Toribio Hernández. The results include 764 collections and 1,872 in situ photographs.

Funding support: Generous support for floristic and ethnobotanical research was provided by the National Science Foundation, Documenting Endangered Languages; National Endowment for the Humanities, Preservation and Access; the Endangered Language Documentation Programme (School of Oriental and African Studies, London); and the Comisión Nacional para el y Uso de la Biodiversidad (Mexico).

Contact: Jonathan D. Amith (demca.biology@gmail.com)
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Global Unique Identifier: f699b33c-3e95-4c06-b215-21aa0d6ef608
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Gettysburg College

Floristic and ethnobotanical study of Nahuat communities in the municipality of Cuetzalan del Progreso, Sierra Nororiental de Puebla

The present project is part of a long-term study of the language (lexicon, corpus, and grammar) and ethnobiological knowledge of Nahuat-speaking communities in the municipality of Cuetzalan del Progreso. The project is directed by Jonathan D. Amith and has enjoyed the collaboration of many individuals over the years. The present research team comprises Amelia Domínguez Alcántar, Hermelindo Salazar Osollo, and Ceferino Salgado Castañeda. Ethnobiological knowledge is based on the support of dozens of natural history experts in the communities of this municipality but the principal Nahuat-speaking botanists on this project have been Ernesto Vázquez Chanico and Anastacio Nicolás Damián, both of San Miguel Tzinacapan.

Status of documentation: At present this project comprises over 2,000 collections, 3,500 in situ photographs, and approximately 800 recordings (all transcribed and to date about 50% translated).

Funding support: Generous support for floristic and ethnobotanical research was provided by the National Science Foundation, Documenting Endangered Languages; National Endowment for the Humanities, Preservation and Access; the Endangered Language Documentation Programme at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London; and the Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad (Mexico).

Contact: Jonathan D. Amith (demca.biology@gmail.com)
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Global Unique Identifier: 147582b1-7dc2-4c3c-8c43-6aa73c20ed11
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Gettysburg College

Floristic and ethnobotanical study of Nahuat communities in the municipality of Hueyapan, Sierra Nororiental de Puebla

This collection is part of a series of community-based floristic and ethnobotanical studies that form part of a project directed by Jonathan D. Amith. Two teams of two botanists each collected monthly (approx. 8 days/month) in: (1) San Juan Tahitic, municipality Zacapoaxtla, (2) Zongozotla, munic. Zongozotla,(3) Atlequizayán, munic. Atlequizayán, (4) Rosa de Castilla, munic. Zautla; (5) Cuauhtémoc, munic. Ayotoxco, (6) Yoloctzin and Paso Real, municipalities Tlatlauquitepec y Yaonahuac, respectively. The leaders of the two teams were Canek Ledesma Corral (1–3) and Miriam Jímenez Chimil (4–6). In addition, Ledesma was director in charge of managing and coordinating the two teams, overseeing goal attainment, administering the collections database and organizing the in situ photographs. The teams included two Nahuat-speaking biologists: Mariano Gorostiza Salazar (S. Mig. Tzinacapan) and Anastasio Sotero Hernández (S. Juan Tahitic) who in addition to their responsibilities for collection, photography, and maintaining field notes contributed their knowledge of Indigenous nomenclature, classification, and use of plants. In year 2, Osbel López Francisco, a Totonac speaker and biologist from Zongozotla, joined the project.

Status of documentation: Hueyapan material includes 88 collections by Miriam Jiménez and Mariano Gorostiza. Jonathan Amith and Hermelindo Salazar later collected 159 plants as part of an ethnobotanical study in the community of Nexpan. The Nahuat-speaking consultants were Manuel Bartolo Feliciano, Andrés Savelino Martínez, Berta Luna Landero, and Isidro Medina Santos. The results include 247 collections and 839 in situ photographs.

Funding support: Generous support for floristic and ethnobotanical research was provided by the National Science Foundation, Documenting Endangered Languages; National Endowment for the Humanities, Preservation and Access, and the Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad (Mexico).

Contact: Jonathan D. Amith (demca.biology@gmail.com)
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Global Unique Identifier: 83b55984-7846-4761-846d-40fc3264bf50
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Gettysburg College

Floristic and ethnobotanical study of Nahuatl and Totonac communities in the municipality of Tepetzintla, Sierra Norte de Puebla

This collection is part of a series of community-based floristic and ethnobotanical studies that form part of a project directed by Jonathan D. Amith. Two teams of two botanists each collected monthly (approx. 8 days/month) in: (1) San Juan Tahitic, municipality Zacapoaxtla, (2) Zongozotla, munic. Zongozotla,(3) Atlequizayán, munic. Atlequizayán, (4) Rosa de Castilla, munic. Zautla; (5) Cuauhtémoc, munic. Ayotoxco, (6) Yoloctzin and Paso Real, municipalities Tlatlauquitepec y Yaonahuac, respectively. The leaders of the two teams were Canek Ledesma Corral (1–3) and Miriam Jímenez Chimil (4–6) and included two Nahuat-speaking biologists: Mariano Gorostiza Salazar (S. Mig.Tzinacapan) and Anastasio Sotero Hernández (S. Juan Tahitic) who in addition to their responsibilities for collection, photography, and maintaining field notes contributed their knowledge of Indigenous nomenclature, classification, and use of plants. In year 2, Osbel López Francisco, a Totonac speaker and biologist from Zongozotla, joined the project.

Status of documentation:Material from Tlaquimpa and Tepetzintla (Nahuatl-speaking) and Tonalixco (Totonac speaking) was gathered in two collection trips to date. The first was carried out by Jonathan D. Amith and Ceferino Salgado; the second was carried out by Ceferino Salgado and Osbel López Francisco. The major Nahuat-speaking consultants were Pablo Ruiz González and José Benito Ruíz Pavón (Tlaquimpa); Concepción Robles Fernández and Josefa Fernández (Tepetzintla); and Miguel Juan López Bonilla, Nicolasa Gómez Hernández, and Agustina María Pacheco Cruz (Tonalixco). The results include 242 collections and 779 in situ photographs.

Funding support: Generous support for floristic and ethnobotanical research was provided by the National Science Foundation, Documenting Endangered Languages; National Endowment for the Humanities, Preservation and Access; and the Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad (Mexico).

Contact: Jonathan D. Amith (demca.biology@gmail.com)
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Global Unique Identifier: 63e7f78f-80ad-4cb4-8d31-440d90c9099c
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Gettysburg College

Floristic and ethnobotanical study of Nahuatl communities in the Balsas river valley of central Guerrero

Contact: Jonathan D. Amith (demca.biology@gmail.com)
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Global Unique Identifier: a95964cc-946b-4b63-8f96-7724fe1971f8
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Gettysburg College

Floristic and ethnobotanical study of the Nahuat community of Cuauhtemoc (municipality of Ayotoxco), Sierra Nororiental de Puebla

This collection is part of a series of community-based floristic and ethnobotanical studies carried out as part of a project directed by Jonathan D. Amith. Two teams of two botanists each collected monthly (approx. 8 days/month) in the following communities: (1) San Juan Tahitic, municipality Zacapoaxtla, (2) Zongozotla, municipality Zongozotla,(3) Atlequizayán, municipality Atlequizayán, (4) Rosa de Castilla, municipality Zautla; (5) Cuauhtémoc, municipality Ayotoxco, (6) Yoloctzin and Paso Real, municipalities Tlatlauquitepec y Yaonahuac, respectively. The leaders of the two teams were Canek Ledesma Corral (1–3) and Miriam Jímenez Chimil (4–6). In addition, Ledesma was director in charge of managing and coordinating the two teams, overseeing goal attainment, administering the collections database and organizing the in situ photographs. The teams included two Nahuat-speaking biologists: Mariano Gorostiza Salazar (San Miguel Tzinacapan) and Anastasio Sotero Hernández (San Juan Tahitic) who in addition to their responsibilities for collection, photography, and maintaining field notes contributed their knowledge of Indigenous nomenclature, classification, and use of plants. In year 2, Osbel López Francisco, a Totonac speaker and biologist from Zongozotla, joined the project.

Status of documentation: The team for the Ayotoxco project was Miriam Jiménez Chimil and Mariano Gorostiza Salazar. The major Nahuat-speaking consultant was Vicente Mora. The results include 621 collections and just over 2,000 in situ photographs.

Funding support: Generous support for floristic and ethnobotanical research was provided by the National Science Foundation, Documenting Endangered Languages; National Endowment for the Humanities, Preservation and Access; the Endangered Language Documentation Programme (School of Oriental and African Studies, London); and the Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad (Mexico).

Contact: Jonathan D. Amith (demca.biology@gmail.com)
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Global Unique Identifier: 2a4a3779-05d8-48f2-8524-cb89b3f94544
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Gettysburg College

Floristic and ethnobotanical study of the Nahuat community of S. Juan Tahitic and nearby villages (munic. Zacapoaxtla), Sierra Nororiental de Puebla

This collection is part of a series of community-based floristic and ethnobotanical studies carried out as part of a project directed by Jonathan D. Amith. Two teams of two botanists each collected monthly (approx. 8 days/month) in the following communities: (1) San Juan Tahitic, municipality Zacapoaxtla, (2) Zongozotla, municipality Zongozotla,(3) Atlequizayán, municipality Atlequizayán, (4) Rosa de Castilla, municipality Zautla; (5) Cuauhtémoc, municipality Ayotoxco, (6) Yoloctzin and Paso Real, municipalities Tlatlauquitepec y Yaonahuac, respectively. The leaders of the two teams were Canek Ledesma Corral (1–3) and Miriam Jímenez Chimil (4–6). In addition, Ledesma was director in charge of organizing the two teams, overseeing the goal attainment, including the administration of the collections database and organizing the in situ photographs. The teams included two Nahuat-speaking biologists: Mariano Gorostiza Salazar (San Miguel Tzinacapan) and Anastasio Sotero Hernández (San Juan Tahitic) who in addition to their responsibilities for collection, photography, and maintaining field notes contributed their knowledge of Indigenous nomenclature, classification, and use of plants. In year 2, Osbel López Francisco, a Totonac speaker and biologist from Zongozotla, joined the project.

Status of documentation: The team for the S. J. Tahitic project was Canek Ledesma and Anastacio Sotero. The major Nahuat-speaking consultants were Manuel Calpotitan and Magdaleno Lorenzo. The results include 1,433 collections and just under 4,000 in situ photographs.

Funding support: Generous support for floristic and ethnobotanical research was provided by the National Science Foundation, Documenting Endangered Languages; National Endowment for the Humanities, Preservation and Access; the Endangered Language Documentation Programme (School of Oriental and African Studies, London); and the Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad (Mexico).

Contact: Jonathan D. Amith (demca.biology@gmail.com)
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Global Unique Identifier: b1d08134-34aa-4bb8-af38-500f3df8c76a
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Gettysburg College

Floristic and ethnobotanical study of the Nahuat community of Xinachapan and nearly villages (munic. Huitzilan), Sierra Nororiental de Puebla

Contact: Jonathan D. Amith (demca.biology@gmail.com)
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Global Unique Identifier: da07b63f-24fe-4936-ba12-3c0f07f53892
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Gettysburg College

Floristic and ethnobotanical study of the Totonac communities of Chicontla and Patla (municipality of Jopala), Sierra Norte de Puebla

Pending
Contact: Jonathan D. Amith (demca.biology@gmail.com)
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Global Unique Identifier: 4bebb6a5-c7fc-4388-abb6-cb34716bd7b1
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Gettysburg College

Floristic and ethnobotanical study of the Totonac communities of Mecatlán and Coahuitlán (in municipalities of the same names), Veracruz

Pending:
Contact: Jonathan D. Amith (demca.biology@gmail.com)
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Global Unique Identifier: f9c02080-00d9-43a2-96c7-775b83227665
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Gettysburg College

Floristic and ethnobotanical study of the Totonac community of Ecatlán (municipality of Jonotla), Sierra Nororiental de Puebla

Contact: Jonathan D. Amith (demca.biology@gmail.com)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 3 June 2020
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Gettysburg College

Floristic and ethnobotanical study of the Totonac community of Nanacatlán (municipality of Zapotitlán de Méndez), Sierra Nororiental de Puebla

Contact: Jonathan D. Amith (demca.biology@gmail.com)
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Global Unique Identifier: 508a94ca-3ee9-4140-bd74-b0f29c4a6c18
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Gettysburg College

Floristic and ethnobotanical study of the Totonac community of Tepetzintla de Galeana (municipality of Huauchinango), Sierra Norte de Puebla

Pending
Contact: Jonathan D. Amith (demca.biology@gmail.com)
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Global Unique Identifier: 8bc93c24-b1d6-4332-afdb-39dcaba2f744
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Gettysburg College

Floristic and ethnobotanical study of the Totonac community of Zihuateutla (in municipality of the same name), Sierra Norte de Puebla

Contact: Jonathan D. Amith (demca.biology@gmail.com)
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Global Unique Identifier: 569e2953-78c7-48d3-a81e-935c19875e22
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Gettysburg College

Floristic and ethnobotanical study of the Totonac community of Zongozotla, Sierra Norte de Puebla

Contact: Jonathan D. Amith (demca.biology@gmail.com)
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Global Unique Identifier: 49e40127-9296-43b2-801c-83fa88a33dbd
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Gettysburg College

Floristic and ethnobotanical study of Yoloxóchitl and other Mixtec communities in the municipality of San Luis Acatlán, Guerrero

Contact: Jonathan D. Amith (demca.biology@gmail.com)
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Global Unique Identifier: c5288e6c-1872-4272-87a4-1dd1f7ceba63
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U. Oregon

La etnobotánica de La Ventosa (municipio de Juchitán de Zaragoza), Oaxaca

The project Lexico-botanical documentation in La Ventosa was directed by Gabriela Pérez Báez at the Smithsonian Institution in consultation with members of the La Ventosa community – Rosaura López Cartas, Reyna Guadalupe López López, Velma Orozco Trujillo, Fernando Sánchez López and Pedro Trujillo Vera, 21 speakers of Diidxazá from the towns of La Ventosa, Juchitán de Zaragoza, and Santa María Xadani, and an interdisciplinary team. Field work began in September 2013 and involved one year of plant collection. This produced more than 1,300 herbarium specimens of 281 vascular plants with names in Diidxazá, 5,000 high resolution photographs and over 200 audio recordings. The documentation and linguistic analysis were carried out by Gabriela Pérez Báez and Terrence Kaufman. Alberto Reyes García and Kenia Velasco Gutiérrez were responsible for collecting and processing plant specimens, identifying species, and managing the botanical data. Fernando Sánchez López and Pedro Trujillo Vera carried out most of the specimen collection over 92 outings to 225 localities in and around La Ventosa. Photographs are by Gibrán Morales Carranza. The project database was designed by Kenia Velasco Gutiérrez. Data capture was done by Reyna Guadalupe López López, Gibrán Morales Carranza, Gabriela Pérez Báez and Kenia Velasco Gutiérrez. Christian Brendel was responsible for standardizing the data. The plant descriptions in Diidxazá were written by historian, writer, and linguist Víctor Cata, and in Spanish by Gabriela Pérez Báez and Kenia Velasco Gutiérrez. Kate Riestenberg and SOS Language translated the Spanish descriptions into English. The audio descriptions were transcribed and translated into Spanish by David Eduardo Vicente Jiménez. The translations into English were written by Gabriela Pérez Báez. The project was managed by Gabriela Pérez Báez and Kate Riestenberg. Products for retaining research in La Ventosa and neighboring areas were created in collaboration with the entire project
Contact: Gabriela Pérez-Baez (perezb4@uoregon.edu)
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Global Unique Identifier: 032eef55-771d-41bb-a6da-50defd6ca008
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Published and unpublished resources on Amuzgo ethnobotany

This is the first step in a comprehensive study of the ethnobotany of San Pedro Amuzgos (and perhaps other nearby Amuzgo communities) that will comprise data from four major sources: (1) Published and unpublished resources; (2) Elicitation in the community; (3) Photographic register of flora; (4) Collection of flora.
Contact: Jonathan D. Amith (nahuatl.biology@gmail.com)
Collection Type: General Observations
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Global Unique Identifier: 36a28bfe-b1b2-4c96-ab25-403d1280d7b7
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