SpringerBriefs in Plant Science

Stalking the Wild Sweetgrass

Domestication and Horticulture of the Grass Used in African-American Coiled Basketry

Authors: Dufault, Robert J.

  • There is no other book available on this subject matter
  • Provides a real example of domesticating a crop from the wild to cultivation and an ancient art form that is dependent on positive results
  • Provides knowledge of the horticulture of an extremely important wild plant and an example of the perils of plant- and people-based research and experimentation.
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Stalking the Wild Sweetgrass: Domestication and Horticulture of the Grass Used in African-American Coiled Basketry is concerned with the historical domestication of sweetgrass, the main construction/structural grass used in the three century old African-American tradition of coiled basketry in South Carolina. During the plantation era in southern agriculture, sweetgrass baskets were made for post-harvest processing and storage of rice by enslaved Africans from Lower Cape Fear, North Carolina to northern Florida. Enslaved Africans from the Rice Kingdom in Africa were prized for the basketry and rice agronomic skills and were specially sought by slavery traders. Today, this ancient craft still thrives in the community of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.

Authored by one of the most renowned experts in the field and filled with illuminating color photographs, this volume provides knowledge of the horticulture of an extremely important wild plant and an example of the perils of plant- and people-based research and experimentation. As one of the few authoritative texts on the subject, Stalking the Wild Sweetgrass: Domestication and Horticulture of the Grass Used in African-American Coiled Basketry is a resourceful volume on wild sweetgrass, suitable for researchers and students alike.

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Robert J. Dufault
Clemson University, Department of Horticulture, Charleston, SC, USA

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Stalking the Wild Sweetgrass
Book Subtitle
Domestication and Horticulture of the Grass Used in African-American Coiled Basketry
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Plant Science
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Robert J. Dufault
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-5903-3
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-5903-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-5902-6
Series ISSN
2192-1229
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 119
Number of Illustrations and Tables
41 b/w illustrations, 24 illustrations in colour
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