Midwest Region -- Pea Ridge National Military Park Ethnobotany: Inventory and Documentation

Funding Agency:
Department of the Interior

The Midwest Region Cultural Anthropology program, in collaboration with the Osage Nation, is soliciting interest in conducting a survey and inventory of culturally significant plant species that are present at PERI. The MWR Cultural Anthropology program, acting on behalf of PERI, is seeking a university-based partner to aid in identifying and understanding the best management practices for culturally significant plants located on land encompassed within the boundaries of the park. The study will be conducted in collaboration with the Osage Nation and document the plant species the tribe identifies as culturally significant and which may be the subject of a later request by the tribe to gather the identified species, subject to the provisions and criteria for tribal plant gathering agreements (36 CFR 2.6).

The cooperating partner will be tasked with completing an ethnographic study that will inventory and document such culturally significant plants. This project is a comprehensive evaluation based on ethnographic interviews of associated tribal members from the Osage Nation. The study shall conform to professional and scholarly standards regarding methodology of anthropological research and writing. Stylistic and bibliographical standards shall conform to the current requirements of the journal American Anthropologist, and the current Chicago Manual of Style.

The Midwest Regional Cultural Anthropology Program envisions the project will:
1) provide a meaningful exchange of knowledge between culturally associated American Indian tribes and the park about culturally important plants located within the park;
2) will identify the general location where these plants are located within the park’s legislated boundary on federal land;
3) will document each plant species and record the information necessary for the park to complete an Environmental Analysis (EA) examining the potential impacts of gathering the plants or plant parts, and whether such gathering can be done in a sustainable manner.
4) Will prepare recommendations for the management of the identified species, based on both western science and traditional ecological knowledge provided by participating tribal members.

Deadline for Letter of Interest: April 13, 2018

Full Request for Letters of Interest

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Eligibility Requirements

The research will be directed and overseen by a Principal Investigator (PI). The PI should be an applied cultural anthropologist with a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology, or someone with demonstrable and comparable research experience, evidenced by a publication record demonstrating a professional level of research, analysis, and report preparation. It is expected that this record of comparable experience will reflect an understanding and ability to apply ethnographic and cultural anthropology research methods, and a level of education and experience beyond that of a B.A. and two years of graduate study in cultural anthropology. The researcher must demonstrate significant involvement in the research, writing, and the timely completion of ethnographic research. In addition, a record of completing ethnobotanical studies from an ethnoscience and cultural significance perspective (traditional ecological knowledge studies included) is highly desirable.



Amount Description

Project funds available, subject to any future government funding recession, are approximately $90,000. The funding includes an overhead rate of 17.5 percent. The project will be funded by the National Park Service. Universities and other organizations within the CESU network are eligible to apply. This project is not a grant, and will be administered as a research project through the CESU network and the Financial Assistance Division of the Midwest Regional Office, NPS, as a Cooperative Agreement.

Funding Type





Environmental & Life Sciences
Social Sciences

External Deadline

April 13, 2018