Wilbert, Johannes. MANICARIA SACCIFERA and its cultural significance among the Warao Indians of Venezuela

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Title: MANICARIA SACCIFERA and its cultural significance among the Warao Indians of Venezuela

Published in: Botanical Museum leaflets, Harvard University -- Vol. 24, no. 10

Published By: Botanical Museum leaflets, Harvard University -- Vol. 24, no. 10 Cambridge, Mass.: The Museum, 1976. 275-335 p., plates LXVI-XCVIII: ill.

By line: Johannes Wilbert

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Warao (SS18)

Subjects: Ethnobotany (824); Collecting (222); Miscellaneous food processing and packing industries (258);

Abstract: This is an article written by an experienced ethnologist on the pervasive significance of the MANICARIA SACCIFERA palm, or temiche, to the Warao. It also contains extensive data on the flora and environment of the Orinoco Delta. The article is notable for revealing the breadth of Warao ethnobotanical knowledge and for indicating the importance of the palm to Warao daily life, including its use as building material, in clothing (hats), for making toys, and as a source of food and medicine. Also dealt with are the temiche origin myth and analysis of its symbolism.

Document Number: 32

Document ID: ss18-032

Document Type: Journal Article

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 333-335)

Field Date: 1954-1975

Evaluation: Ethnologist-4, 5

Analyst: Richard A. Wagner ; John Beierle ; 1985

Coverage Date: not specified

Coverage Place: Orinoco Delta, Venezuela

LCSH: Warao Indians

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