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Who is Tinde van Andel?
Plant Use of the Motherland
Medicinal plants of Suriname
Medicinal plants of the Democratic Repubic of Congo
Fieldwork in Suriname
Fieldwork in Ghana
Fieldwork in Benin
Fieldwork in Gabon
Piso and Marcgrave project
Sacred Plants of Benin and Gabon
Woman's Health and Childcare
Plant use of the Motherland: Linking West African and Afro-Caribbean Ethnobotany
Medicinal and magic plant use in Suriname, Ghana, Benin and Gabon
This research is being conducted by the
Naturalis Biodiversity Center, section National Herbarium of the Netherlands in the period 2010-2015. It is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO-Vidi-Vernieuwingsimpuls). The research team consists of Tinde van Andel (postdoc researcher), PhD students Alexandra Towns and Diana Quiroz, and several international MSc and BSc students. Medicinal and magic plant use will be compared between the Suriname Maroons and three of their ancestral countries in West Africa.This project is a follow-up of the project: "Medicinal Plants of Suriname: Changes in Plant Use after Migration to the Netherlands", funded by NWO-ALW Open Competition (2005-2009).
Some of the questions that we hope to answer during this five-year project are:
What are the similarities and differences in medicinal and ritual plant use between West Africa and the Caribbean?
How did African slaves find new plants in the unknown New World forests to cure themselves and worship their African Gods?
Did they search for similar families, genera or morphological characteristics as the plants they remembered from Africa?
How African is Afro-Caribbean ethnobotany?
means `home remedy´ in Sranantongo, the local language in Suriname. It refers to medicinal plants and other traditional remedies, used for centuries by Suriname´s inhabitants.
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