Experiment objective

To be an ethnobotanist in your own family.

Read more background about this activity in Walter Lewis's bio...

You need

  • Six objects made of wood from around your house or classroom.
  • A notebook.

To get a feeling for what it’s like to be an ethnobotanist, go around your home or classroom and try to find six objects made of wood. List these in your notebook. Now try to identify what type of wood was used for each object. Where did the wood come from? How was it made into the final product? You can ask your "tribal elders" (your parents or teachers) if they know where the wood came from. Take notes in your notebook. What does the origin of the wood tell you about you, your family or your culture?