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The Nature and Culture of Rattan
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The Nature and Culture of Rattan: Reflections on Vanishing Life in the Forests of Southeast Asia

Stephen F. Siebert

Abstract

Rattan is the common name for a diverse group of climbing palms found throughout Old World tropical forests. For centuries people have used them for binding, basketry, house construction, food, and numerous other non-market purposes; more recently the canes of some species have been gathered for the multi-billion-dollar furniture, handicraft, and mat-making industries. Thus rattan continues to be vital to the culture and economic well-being of millions of cane collectors, laborers, and artisans throughout tropical Asia and Africa. This book explores this valuable forest product, the tropical f ... More

Keywords: rattan, Southeast Asia, Africa, tropical forests, slash and burn, farming, rainforest destruction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780824835361
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824835361.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen F. Siebert, author
University of Montana