Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Margaret Graham

Second Advisor

Dr. Thomas Pozorski

Third Advisor

Dr. Andrew McDonald


I began to investigate how local people use medicinal plants in Peru in the summer of 2007. It soon became apparent that many of the citizens of the small coastal town of Casma have an extensive knowledge of how to identify, prepare, and use these plants. During the summer of 2008, I did extensive research on the subject; however, focused more on the local knowledge of medicinal plants. To put my work in context, I researched ethnobotany more generally and became more aware of the worldwide implications, local background traditions and life, and local knowledge that impact the use and utilization of medicinal plants in my study. Local knowledge is only important in a global perspective.


Copyright 2009 Rebecca L. Reyes. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American

Included in

Anthropology Commons