Wildlife and Landscapes in Malawi: Selected Essays on Natural History

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Trafford Publishing, 2009 - History - 326 pages
ABOUT THE BOOK A pioneer ethnobiologist Brian Morris has been studying the wildlife of Malawi for over forty years, and has spent more than a decade of his life living and researching in the country. Always engaged in exploring the relationship of the matrilineal peoples of Malawi to its wildlife, Morris has written several important and seminal studies that focus on this relationship: Common Weeds of Malawi (1986) Common Mushrooms of Malawi (1987) Chewa Medical Botany (1996) The Power of Animals (1998) Animals and Ancestors (2000) And Insects And Human Life (2004) All his writings have aimed to bridge the divide between academic scholarship and a wider audience, and combine the perspectives of ethnobiology, environmental history and cultural anthropology. The present book consists of a collection of his various writings on the landscapes and wildlife of Malawi, written over the last forty years, forming the basis of his oral presentations to varied audiences, they are lucidly and engagingly written, and will appeal to scholars, students and all general readers interested in environmental issues and the wildlife of Africa. They represent an enduring contribution to the natural history of Malawi.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
5
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
6
FOLK CLASSIFICATIONS1980
7
THE EPIPHYTIC ORCHIDS OF THESHIRE HIGHLANDS MALAWI 1967
20
EPIPHYTIC ORCHIDS OF THE LIMBULISTREAM MLANJE 1965
37
THE WILD FLOWERS OF MLANJEMOUNTAIN 1967
46
THE NATURE AND ORIGIN OFBRACHYSTEGIAWOODLAND 1970
55
ARUMS AND GINGERS1987
62
A DENIZEN OF THEEVERGREEN FOREST 1962
143
NOTES ON THE GIANT RATCRICETOMYS GAMBIANUS INNYASALAND 1963
149
ETHNOZOOLOGICAL NOTESON THE RATS AND MICE OF MALAWI51993
169
REFLECTIONS ON MEAT EATING INSOUTHERN MALAWI 1994
183
REFLECTIONS ON THE ANIMALESTATE IN RURAL MALAWI 1995
213
WILDLIFE CONSERVATION INMALAWI 2001
234
THE POWERS OF NATURE 1998
253
HUNTING AND THEGNOSTIC VISION 1995
281

MWANAWAMPHEPO CHILDREN OFTHE WIND 1991
69
BOTANICAL AND HERBAL FOLKKNOWLEDGE AMONGST THE CHEWAOF MALAWI 1984
93
ETHNOMYCOLOGICAL NOTESON THE MACROFUNGI OF MALAWI1994
105
NOTES ON THEGENUS TERMITOMYCES HEIMIN MALAWI 1986
121
FOR MEDICINE MAGICAND MUNCHING41 1992
131
THE HISTORICAL DIMENSION 1995
300
INSECTS AND MEDICINE IN MALAWI2003
312
THE TRUTH ABOUTLAURENS VAN DER POST 2002
322
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Brian Morris is an Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, Goldsmiths College, at the University of London. His many publications include Chewa Medical Botany, Animals and Ancestors, Kropotkin: The Politics of Community, Insects and Human Life and Anthropological Studies of Religion: An Introductory Text (Cambridge, 1987).

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