Ethnobotany of the Alor Archipelago, Indonesia (ALO)

Given rapid changes in human-environment interactions, ethnobotanical knowledge is particularly susceptible to loss, even in relatively vibrant linguistic communities (Hill, 2001; Zent 2001). The situation is even more dire in endangered language communities, reflecting what has been called "stylistic shrinkage," the uneven impact of language loss on distinct domains of discourse and semantics. This project targets this particularly endangered domain of traditional ecological knowledge in the Abui communities; it will produce highly reliable and extensive (particularly given the per project budget) documentation on nomenclature, classification, and use of local flora combined with expert determinations to species provided by a team of uniquely qualified taxonomists.

The primary goal of the proposed field work is to conduct research on traditional botanical knowledge of Abui language speaker which is located around Alor-Pantar area of East Nusa Tenggara by collecting documentation based on the following activities:
(1) collecting voucher specimens for herbarium deposit and determination to species;
(2) creating high-quality photographic images of each specimen; and
(3) video-recording, transcribing and translating conversations about knowledge of each specimen in Abui language. Following this field work voucher specimens will be used to provide precise botanical identifications, and a lexical database of plant knowledge will be created.

Contact: Gary Holton (Linguistics)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
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Usage Rights: CC0 1.0 (Public-domain)
Rights Holder: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Access Rights: not-for-profit use only
Joseph. F. Rock Herbarium
Botany Department
University of Hawaii at Manoa
3190 Maile Way, Room 101
Honolulu, HI   96822
United States
808 956-4168
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