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Location: Japan
Work interests: barkcloth, beaten bark paper, molded paper
Affiliation/website: barkculture.net, Research Cooperative, and National Museum of Ethnology, Japan
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Preferred contact language(s): English
Contact: pjm [at[ minpaku [dot] ac [dot] jp
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About bark culture study

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By: Research Cooperative
Posted in: About

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.

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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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