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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 13, Issue:3, March, 2024

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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2024.13(3): 64-77

Green Traditions: Unearthing Uncommon Plant Uses among the Maher Tribe in Porbandar District, Gujarat, India
Department of Botany, M.D. Science College, Porbandar, Gujarat, India
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This paper delves into the intricate relationship between human perception and plant utilization within the Maher community of the Porbandar district in Gujarat. With a focus on the hidden uses of various plants, the study explores the unique connections between the Maher culture, immediate surroundings, and plant interactions, shaping personal, social, and economic dimensions. Conducted in 90 villages of the Porbandar district, ethnobotanical expeditions gathered first-hand information from the Maher tribe. Extensive field surveys involved interactions with 978 individuals, documenting their perspectives on the usage of 30 plants. The demographic profile of informants indicates a predominant age group of 51 to 80, with a substantial representation of those aged 71 to 80. Agricultural occupations dominate, with farmers constituting 85.07% of the informants. The data collection process, conducted in Gujarati, utilized a structured questionnaire to systematically capture crucial details, such as plant names, habits, utilized plant parts, and recommended methods of use. The study categorizes 30 plants based on their applications within the Maher tribe, revealing a diverse range of uses. Plants serve purposes ranging from medicinal applications and weather prediction to crafting artifacts and participation in rituals. The exploration of Maher plant utilization uncovers a rich tapestry of knowledge and practices. Maher's reliance on nature, observed in their occupation and cultural practices, has led to the discovery and utilization of plants for unique purposes. This study, while focused on the Maher tribe, holds broader implications for tribal communities in the region. Understanding the intricate relationships between plants and humans contributes to a deeper awareness of sustainable resource management and its vital role in tribal survival and progress.

Keywords: Ethnobotany, Maher, Tribe, Medicinal, Explorations


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Kunal N. Odedra, Kavan Shukla and Bhupendrasinh A. Jadeja. 2024. Green Traditions: Unearthing Uncommon Plant Uses Among the Maher Tribe in Porbandar District, Gujarat, India.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 13(3): 64-77. doi:
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