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Autumn 2019

Welcome to the Autumn 2019 issue of TEA: The Ethnobotanical Assembly. In our fourth issue we continue to explore the beauty and complexity of people-plant relationships from a diversity of angles and perspectives, focusing on two broad areas: indigenous knowledge of the plant world, and the weedy agency of plants in the Anthropocene.

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History

To Be A Weed

Anna Lawrence

To be a weed is thus to be a paradox: to be simultaneously strong and weak; resilient and vulnerable.

Ethnography

"Without Plants, We Cannot Live"

Why plants matter to the Pälawan

Dalia Iskander

When human beings pass by, disturb, ignore or harm diwata, they may speak the name of or greet the perpetrator causing illness and misfortune.

Gardening

Growing Together in the City

Poppy Nicol

Gardens of sanctuary enable us to reconnect with the ecologies within us and around us.

Anthropology

'God Save the Green'

A conversation on the dangerous performance we call sustainability

Elaine Wong

We are obsessed with the continuous arrival of new scientific findings and yet, ironically, we end up ignoring most of it in our everyday lives.

Botany

Planet Tier Alert

Derek Haynes

Let's make sure we stay knowledgeable about our greenspaces, and those who fight for them!

Poetry

Wapishana and Mango Tree

Kayla de Freitas

Some land hold people -
Bonding with them in a timeless memory
Some people bond with a land -
Holding it with love and regard

Botany

Goat’s head, Tribulus terrestris L., Caltrop family (Zygophyllaceae)

Modern megafauna

Evan Meyer

The plants that we label as weeds often have complicated and ambiguous relationships with humans.

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