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Book Documenting Northwest Native American Uses of Medicinal Plants is Recipient of 2014 ABC James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award

Dr.Turner,whohasbeenstudyingethnobotanyandtheculturesofIndigenousAmericanpeoplessince1967,hastaughtfull-timeattheUniversityofVictoriasince1991.Shehaswrittenmorethan20booksandnumerousarticles,andalsohasanimpressivearrayofawards,grants,andhonorstohername,includingDistinguishedEconomicBotanistoftheYearfromtheSocietyforEconomicBotanyin2011andappointmentasaMemberoftheOrderofCanadain2009.ABChasproudlyincludedheronitsAdvisoryBoardsince1996.AncientPathways,AncestralKnowledgerepresentstheculminationofacareerofalmost50years.“Iwasalwaysinterestedinplantsandpeople,”saidDr.Turner.“OnceIlearnedthatthisstudywascalledethnobotany…that’swhatIwantedtostudy.It’sinmyhighschoolyearbook(1965).Iremember[that]ingradefour,Iwasalreadyservingdandelionandwildgreenssaladtomyfriends,muchtotheirparents’concern.”Thankstohercontinueddedicationtoteachingthroughexperience,Dr.Turner’sstudentsabsorbmuchmorethannamesandplaces,anditisthisideathatpermeateshertext.“[Thestudents]learnthathumanscanlivewithinNaturewithoutdestroyingit,workingwithnaturalprocessesandNature’swonderfulabilitiestoregenerateandrestoreitself,”shesaid.“Dr.NancyJ.Turnercollects,preserves,andexploresbiologicalinformationfor(notfrom)Indigenouscultures,primarilyFirstNationgroupsinBritishColumbia,”saidStevenFoster,notedauthor,photographer,andformerpresidentoftheABCBoardofTrustees.“Herfivedecadesofsharedwisdomchallengehowwethinkaboutpeopleasapartof,ratherthanapartfrom,ecosystems.AncientPathways,AncestralKnowledgeisamagnumopusoftimelessvaluethatwilldefineethnobiologyandethnoecologyforgenerationsforward.”“Ethnobotanyisakeyfoundationofmodernherbalmedicine,”saidABCFounderandExecutiveDirectorMarkBlumenthal.“MuchoftheherbalknowledgewehavetodayisbasedonthetraditionalusesofplantsbypeopleinIndigenouscultures.NancyTurner’sdocumentationoftheplantuseinnorthwesternNorthAmericaisatruetreasure.”PastrecipientsoftheJamesA.DukeExcellenceinBotanicalLiteratureAwardincludePrinciplesandPracticeofPhytotherapy:ModernHerbalMedicine,2nded(ChurchillLivingstone)byKerryBoneandSimonMillsin2013;MedicinalPlantsandtheLegacyofRichardE.Schultes(MissouriBotanicalGarden)byBruceE.PonmanandRainerW.Bussmann,PhD,inthereference/technicalcategoryandSmokeSignals(Scribner)byMartinA.Leeintheconsumer/popularcategoryin2012;HealingSpices(SterlingPublishing)byBharatB.Aggarwal,PhD,intheconsumer/popularcategoryandtheAmericanHerbalPharmacopoeia’sBotanicalPharmacognosy(CRCPress)inthereference/technicalcategoryin2011;BotanicalMedicineforWomen’sHealth(ChurchillLivingstone)byAvivaRomm,MD,in2010;AnOakSpringHerbaria(OakSpringGardenLibrary)byLuciaTongiorgiTomasiandTonyWillisin2009;Mabberley'sPlant-Book,3rded(CambridgeUniversityPress)byDavidJ.Mabberley,PhD,in2008;GoogleBookSearchin2007;MedicinalSpices(MedPharmScientificPublishers)byEberhardTeuscher,PhD,in2006;andTheEssentialGuidetoHerbalSafety(ChurchillLivingstone)bySimonMillsandKerryBonein2005.AncientPathways,AncestralKnowledgecanbepurchasedfor$100.00throughthepublisher,theAmericanBotanicalCouncilonlinebookstore,andotheronlineretailers.(ABCmembersreceive10%offwhenpurchasingfromtheonlinebookstore.)TheABCJamesA.DukeExcellenceinBotanicalLiteratureAwardwillbepresentedatthe10thAnnualABCBotanicalCelebrationandAwardsCeremonyonMarch5,2015,inAnaheim,California.Theevent,forABCSponsorMembers,occursduringtheNEXTInnovationSummitnutrition,naturalproducts,anddietarysupplementsconferenceandNaturalProductsExpoWest.TheABCBotanicalCelebrationandAwardsCeremonyisunderwrittenbygenerouscontributionsfromthefollowingmembersoftheherb,dietarysupplement,andnaturalproductsindustry:


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