Note that the below is in no way intended to be an exhaustive listing, and only represents what ISE members have shared with us.

Please send announcements of your ethnobiology and indigenous knowledge related books and films, and also contributed reviews of current works in ethnobiology or indigenous knowledge to the ISE Administrative Assistant (with subject heading: Ethnobiologist’s Bookshelf).

Proceedings from ISE Congresses

Ethnobiology: Implications and applications, 2 Volumes (1988). Authors Darrell A. Posey, William Leslie Overal, Charles R. Clement, Mark J. Plotkin, Elaine Elisabetsky, Clarice Novaes da Mota, Jose Flavio Pessoa de Barros

Ethnobiology and Conservation of Cultural and Biological Diversity, Proceedings of the Fifth International Congress of Ethnobiology (1996). Edited by Christine Kabuye

Ethnobiology and Biocultural Diversity, Proceedings of the Seventh International Congress of Ethnobiology (2000). Edited by John Richard Stepp, Felice Wyndham and Rebecca Zarger

Ethnobiology – general

Peoples and Natures.  Scientific editors: Élisabeth Motte-Florac, Yildiz Aumeeruddy-Thomas and Edmond Dounias. The IRD éditions published a book for the general public right on time for the congress. Trilingual book: French / English / Spanish, Format 27 x 24 cm, 176 pages in four-color process, 120 pictures.  Release: May 2012, ISBN: 978-2-7099-1724-7

Traveling Cultures and Plants: The Ethnobiology and Ethnopharmacy of Human Migrations. Edited by Andrea Pieroni and Ina Vandebroek (keywords: ethnobiology general, ethnopharmacology)

A Zapotec Natural History—Trees, Herbs, and Flowers, Birds, Beasts, and Bugs in the Life of San Juan Gbëë. By Eugene S. Hunn (keywords: ethnobiology general, classification, Mexico)

Yumbulyumbulmantha ki-Awarawu. All Kinds of Things from Country. Yanyuwa Ethnobiological Classification. Authors of this work include John Bradley, Miles Holmes, Dinah Norman Marrngawi, Annie Isaac Karrakayn, Jemima Miller Wuwarlu and Ida Ninganga (keywords: ethnobiology, Australia)


(New!) Ethnobiology of Corals and Coral Reefs. Edited by Nemer Narchi and Lisa Leimar Price.

Landscape Ethnoecology: Concepts of Biotic and Physical Space. Edited by Leslie Main Johnson and Eugene S. Hunn  (keywords: ethnoecology, ethnogeography)

Trail of Story, Traveller’s Path—Reflections on Ethnoecology and Landscape. By Leslie Main Johnson (keywords: ethnoecology, ethnogeography)

Biocultural Diversity, Conservation & Resource Management

Aymara Indian Perspectives on Development in the Andes. By Amy Eisenberg, Ph.D., Photography by John Amato, RN.

The Living Convention on Biocultural Diversity: A Compendium of Indigenous Peoples’ and Local Communities’ Rights Relevant to Maintaining the Integrity and Resilience of Territories and other Biocultural Systems. By Harry Jonas, J. Eli Makagon and Holly Schrumm. Published by Natural Justice, South Africa. October 2012.

Agriculture and Food in Crisis. By Fred Magdoff and Brian Tokar (keywords: food sustainabiity, agriculture, biocultural diversity)

Biocultural Diversity Conservation—A Global Source Book. By Luisa Maffi and Ellen Woodley (keywords: conservation, biodiversity)

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity: Ecological and Economic Foundations. Edited by Pushpam Kumar; an output of TEEB – The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity study. (keywords: biodiversity, ecology, economics, development)

Gender, Culture, and Northern Fisheries. Edited by Joanna Kafarowski (keywords: resource management, gender, North)

The Pursuit of Ecotopia: Lessons from Indigenous and Traditional Societies for the Human Ecology of Our Modern World. By E.N. Anderson (keywords: conservation, sustainability)


Edible Medicines, An Ethnopharmacology of Food. By Nina L. Etkin (keywords: ethnobotany, ethnopharmacology)


Ethnography of honey in the mbya-guaraní culture (in Spanish). By Marilyn Onion Badie (keywords: ethnoentomology)

Spirits of our Whaling Ancestors, Revitalizing Makah and Nuu-chah-nulth Traditions. By Charlotte Cote (keywords: ethnozoology, indigenous rights)

Indigenous Knowledge

En estado de sitio: los kuna en Urabá. Vida cotidiana de una comunidad indígena en una zona de conflicto (In a State of Siege: the Kuna in Urabá: Everyday Life of a Colombian Indigenous community in a conflict Zone) By Maurizio Alí

Bringing Our Languages Home: Language Revitalization for Families.  Edited and with a How-to Guide for Parents by Leanne Hinton (ILI/CILO partner).