Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Royal BC Museum launches 2 new books #yyj @RoyalBCmuseum

Two New Royal BC Museum Books Explore Local Culture and Nature

Victoria, BC – Two new books published by the Royal BC Museum explore and explain the Victoria and Saanich areas from two related perspectives — ethnobotany and natural history.

Saanich Ethnobotany: Culturally Important Plants of the WSÁNEĆ People, by Dr Nancy J. Turner, University of Victoria, and Dr Richard J. Hebda, Royal BC Museum, presents the collected wisdom of four botanical experts from the Saanich Nation, gathered over many years.

The second book Nature Guide to the Victoria Region is co-published with the Victoria Natural History Society. Ten local experts have contributed their knowledge on all things natural in this region, from mushrooms to whales. This new guidebook is edited by Ann Nightingale, Rocky Point Bird Observatory, and Claudia Copley, Royal BC Museum.

Saanich Ethnobotany
Culturally Important Plants of the WSÁNEĆ People
Nancy J. Turner and Richard J. Hebda

Nancy Turner and Richard Hebda present the results of many years of working with botanical experts from the Saanich Nation on southern Vancouver Island. Elders Violet Williams of Pauquachin, Elsie Claxton of Tsawout, and Christopher Paul and Dave Elliott of Tsartlip pass on their knowledge of plants and their uses to future generations of Saanich and Coast Salish people, and to anyone interested in native plants and their uses.

Saanich Ethnobotany includes detailed information about the plants that were traditionally harvested to use in all aspects of Saanich life, such as for food and medicines, and to make tools, buildings, clothing and baskets. Each plant is listed by its common, scientific and Saanich names. Each listing contains a brief botanical description with a colour photograph, where to find the plant and how it was used traditionally by the Saanich people.

Dr Nancy J. Turner is Distinguished and Hakai Professor in Ethnoecology in the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. She has published several books and numerous articles on ethnobotany and First Nations issues. She has received numerous awards for her work and is a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia.

Dr Richard J. Hebda is Curator of Earth History and Botany at the Royal BC Museum and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biology and School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of Victoria. He has written hundreds of articles and several books on BC’s plants and ice-age history.

paperback, 176 pages, 6 x 9, 150 colour photographs

Nature Guide to the Victoria Region
Edited by Ann Nightingale and Claudia Copley

The Victoria region is a natural wonderland – one of the most biologically rich areas of the country, with many plants and animals found nowhere else in Canada. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned naturalist, a visitor or a resident, this book will give you the knowledge you need to get the most out of your explorations of southeastern Vancouver Island.

Ten local experts have contributed their knowledge about all things natural in this region, from mushrooms and dragonflies to owls and whales. In ten chapters, they describe the species most likely to be seen here, and direct you to the best places to see them.

Nature Guide to the Victoria Region is designed to help you understand the variety of habitats and natural wonders awaiting your discovery, all in a portable, easy-to-read format. It includes beautiful full-colour photographs, checklists and a map of all the great places to visit.

Ann Nightingale is president of the Rocky Point Bird Observatory and Claudia Copley is the entomology collections manager at the Royal BC Museum. They and the other contributors to this book actively support the Victoria Natural History Society.

Co-published with the Victoria Natural History Society
paperback, 240 pages, 6 x 9, 250 colour photographs

For a full list of Royal BC Museum books in print, please see:

About the Royal BC Museum
As the provincial museum and archives, the Royal BC Museum preserves and shares the stories of British Columbia – on-site, off-site and online – through its research, collections, exhibitions, publications and educational programs. Its two-hectare cultural precinct in Victoria also includes a number of historically significant buildings and First Nations sites.

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