Spring 2024 - INDG 332 D100

Indigenous Ethnobotany (3)

Class Number: 4476

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 8 – Apr 12, 2024: Fri, 10:30 a.m.–1:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    INDG (or FNST) 101 or INDG (or FNST) 201W.



This course is an introduction to the study of plant knowledge and use by Indigenous peoples. It provides students with information about the role of plants in Indigenous cultures including such areas as foods, medicines, technology, ceremony, ecological indicators, and within Indigenous knowledge and classification systems. Special focus may be placed on the ethnobotany of one or more Indigenous groups or culture areas. Students with credit for FNST 332 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Science.


Office:             NA
Office Hours:   NA
Office Tel:        c/o INDG General Office 778-782-4774


  • Prepared plant collection 30%
  • Assignments 40%
  • Research paper 20%
  • Participation 10%


This course is an In-Person offering and will include two outdoor field-trips (as approved by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences).

Start and end times for the field-trips may be altered slightly beyond regularly scheduled class hours.



For students who desire a plant press on a temporary loan basis (there is one complete press available for each student), a fully refundable deposit of $80.00 is required. These fees will be collected as cash on the second session of class (January 19, 2024).

Class fieldtrips may also require fees – this will be announced as fieldtrips are confirmed.


Plants of Coastal British Columbia by Jim Pojar and Andy MacKinnon (Eds.). 2004. Lone Pine Publishing 

(NOTE: new hardcopies are available to order through the SFU bookstore (an eBook version of this textbook is not available). Students are also free to procure the textbook on their own, for example, with the help of the bookstore’s "compare" tool, directly through the publisher’s website [Lone Pine Publishing] or, via local used bookshops).

ISBN: 9781772130096

Beyond the required texts, all reading and discussion materials related to the course will be made available through SFU CANVAS or placed on Reserve at the Bennett Library.


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Registrar Notes:


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