It is the purpose of this thesis to show in a comparative way the importance of Agave sp. for food, drink, fiber, etc., among various tribes comprising the American Southwest.
The problem is important from ethnological and ethnobiological standpoints. Through a study of man's attempt to utilize for food, etc., articles which grew at hand, one can better understand him. The methods of plant utilization show the effect of the environment on the man as well as his attempts to adjust himself to it or adjust the environment to himself. The problem, in addition, is an ecological one, showing the importance of environmental factors on the type of vegetation able to succeed under such specific conditions.
Agave, Southwest Native Americans, Ethnobiology
Level of Degree
UNM Biology Department
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Second Committee Member
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Grove, Alvin Russell. "The Distribution and Utilization of Agave in the American Southwest." (1937). http://digitalrepository.unm.edu/biol_etds/172