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In Chapter 3 of Tales of a Shamans Apprentice Plotkins use of long lists detailed descriptions and analysis forces us to understand the value of his expedition because these well-kept secrets in the rainforest have numerous possibilities as medicines which are in demand right now in our world Mark Plotkin talks about many plants that serve as healing products These plants can be found in the jungle and used for all kinds of different pains or diseases From page seventy to page seventy-one he is visiting with the Maroons in Suriname and gets his first lesson learning the vernacular names of common plants He talks about agrobigi fire liana mispel jarakopi konsaka wiwiri mokomoko and the herb found growing at the edge of a trail In this scene he like us is a student and is getting his first taste of ethnobotany Plotkin introduces this passage by bringing up his first lesson which is taught by his guideFritz von Troon Fritz and Mark hike into the jungle located at the edge of the Suriname village During this first lesson Mark tries to learn Fritzs language and his plants He senses something special about the way Fritz and other Maroons related to their surroundings It is then that Mark no longer fears the jungle as he once did during his stay in French Guiana As Mark and Fritz wander through the jungle Mark begins to learn the vernacular names of some of the common plants The first was a huge tree with thick buttress roots and reddish bark The bark of this tree agrobigi is brewed into a tea and drunk to treat fevers Plotkin begins to wonder about the simplicity of the name agrobigi He recalls an early publication where Surinamese flora kakabrokoe was doubted as a treatment for constipation because literally translated the name mean shit in your pants Often times botanists were overzealous in their note taking or completely baffled by
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