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Title: We are the weeds : the interplay of policy and culture in the use of introduced plant species as medicine in Hawaiʻi 
Author: Abbott, Jon Webster
Date: 2004
Abstract: Weeds are an important source of medicinal plants (la'au) to Native Hawaiian practitioners of la'au lapa'au (Hawaiian botanical medicine). In both Hawai'i and abroad, natural resource management has historically and currently been used to colonize and acculturate indigenous peoples. One specific form of this ecocolonialism is the lack ofNative Hawaiian cultural practitioner input in the decision making processes that affect the management of these culturally essential natural resources. This thesis aims to develop a genuine resolution to the conflict through an exploration of the various cultural perspectives involved, an examination (and contextualization) of the historic and current patterns of natural resource management in Hawai'i (and abroad), and an evaluation and adaptation of successful co-management and indigenous natural resource management models. It is my deepest hope that this thesis will help begin a dialogue between the parties involved and will lead to a genuine stewardship of the 'aina.
Description: Thesis (M.A.)--University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2004. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 78-85). vii, 85 leaves, bound 29 cm
Rights: All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.
Keywords: Weeds -- Law and legislation -- Hawaii, Alien plants -- Law and legislation -- Hawaii, Hawaiians -- Ethnobotany

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