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Algonquin ethnobotany: An interpretation of aboriginal adaptation in Southwestern Quebec

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A compilation of published ethnobotanical data pertaining to all of the Algonkian speaking peoples of eastern North America and field data concerning the Algonquin bands of the Ottawa River drainage and the Cree bands of the St. Maurice drainage of western Quebec. These data help illuminate past subsistence patterns, the seasonal movements of the Algonquin, and the relationship between Algonquin bands and other Algonkian speakers. They also indicate that the Algonquin previously enjoyed a subarctic subsistence orientation similar to that of the Cree and other northerners in contrast to their Iroquoian neighbours thus necessitating a redefinition of the eastern subarctic culture area.

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