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Beringian Ethnobotany

Beringia is the region including the Bering Strait and the land on either side of it.  Some people define the term narrowly to include only the westernmost part of the Seward Peninsula in Alaska and the easternmost part of the Chukotskiy Peninsula in Russia.  However, we prefer a broader definition that includes much of Alaska and Chukotka.

Beringian Ethnobotany
An image from Wikimedia showing Beringia defined very broadly.

Ethnobotany is the study of the relationship between people and plants.  This includes how people use plants, for example, as food, medicine, for construction and for many other purposes.  It also includes how plants are named and classified, as well as stories, legends and other beliefs about plants.

We will be working on this site over the upcoming months to show people some of what we have discovered over the last five years working on the Russian and U.S. sides of the Bering Strait to study the importance of plant species to local native peoples.