BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

SCIE-155 - Plateau Ethnobotany - 4.50 Credits

SCIE-155 - Plateau Ethnobotany - 4.50 Credits

Course Details
The goal of this course is to demonstrate the importance of plant use and ethnobotany by Aboriginal people, with particular focus on the people of the plateau culture. Students will have opportunities to demonstrate plateau indigenous knowledge in a variety of traditional ecological contexts: plant use, medicines, technologies, spiritual significances, ecological indicators, and classification systems. The lab portion of this course offers students an opportunity to make direct observations of plant usage in the natural environment.
Part of the:
  • CAREER TRAINING (ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES) Department
  • Prerequisites : ENGL 060, ENGL 12 or assessment.
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Masters Degree.
    Office Hours: 1.5 per week.
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Procedure:
    Assignments 50-70%, Final 30-50%. Total 100%. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • explain the importance of plateau traditional science;

  • discuss the relationship of specific plant communities to the biogeoclimatic found in British Columbia;

  • discuss plant use management in the First Nations plateau technology, art, diet, medicine and spirituality;

  • discuss effects that Aboriginal people have on the ecosystems in pre-contact and post-contact in Aboriginal society.



  • Lab and Field Hours (15):
  • discuss the importance of cultural protocol in terms of plant usage and knowledge;

  • discuss the spiritual significance of selected plants;
  • identify plants/fungi using their common, plateau culture, and scientific names;

  • participate in hands on activities used in the preparation of medicine and food;

  • collect, preserve and store selected plant material and prepare herbarium specimens;

  • identify plants and other products that are used as site and ecological indicators;

  • identify and use plants/fungi for art, food, technological, medicinal, and spiritual purposes; and

  • demonstrate traditional plant culture and land modification methods.
  • Text and Materials:
  • Coupe, R., D. Lloyd and R. Parish. et. al. Plants of Southern Interior British Columbia. Current edition. Vancouver, BC. Lone Pine Publishing.
  • Other Resources:
  • Coupe, R., A. MacKinnon and J. Pojar. et. al. Plants of Northern British Columbia. Expanded Second Edition. Current edition. Vancouver, BC. Lone Pine Publishing.

  • Lyons, CP. and B. Merilees. Trees, Shrubs and Flowers to Know in British Columbia and Washington. Current edition. Vancouver, BC. Lone Pine Publishing.
  • MacKinnon, A. and J. Pojar. et. al. Plants of Coastal British Columbia including Washington, Oregon and Alaska. Current edition. Vancouver, BC. Lone Pine Publishing.
  • Thompson, Laurence C., M. Terry Thompson, Nancy J. Turner and Annie Z. York. Thompson Ethnobotany: Knowledge and Usage of Plants by the Thompson Indians of British Columbia. 3rd Memoir. Current edition. Victoria, BC. Royal British Columbia Museum.
  • Transfer Credits: Course transfer information can be found at http://www.bctransferguide.bc.ca/.
    Other Information: Additional cultural resources, such as Elders visits to class, will be an integral part of this course.