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Work interests: barkcloth, beaten bark paper, molded paper
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About bark culture study

By Research Cooperative, 2019-05-16

For our purposes, "bark culture" refers to any use of tree bark for cultural purposes (economic, aesthetic, practical, and ceremonial).

Bark culture is primarily a study topic for ethnobotany, but also requires the approaches of ethnobiology, linguistics, ecology, botany, genetics, archaeology, material science, museology, and social history.


An excellent introduction to bark and bark culture globally can be found in:

Sandved, K. B., Prance, G. T., & Prance, A. E. (1993). Bark: the formation, characteristics, and uses of bark around the world . Portland, Oregon: Timber Press.

Different people are interested in bark for different reasons, so here we will create a range of focus groups that any member of the Research Cooperative can join.

Here are some topics to consider, with links to group pages that have been created:

Barkcloth * Beaten bark paper * Paper * Rope and string * Architecture * Fire making * Gardening and ornamental plants * Bark and botany * Literature database

Photo above: Paper mulberry growing in a volcanic crater on Rapanui Island (PJM)

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