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Sunbelt helps readers connect with nature and our region. We think it is important because nature is restoring, and when you understand who we are within our regional and cultural context, you feel more connected instead of isolated. This is a time to connect. Our books empower people to make a difference while supporting many non-profits and educational institutions in our region. We also partner with organizations and donors who make our books possible.

Our latest release, the Spanish edition of our best-selling Kumeyaay Ethnobotany, acknowledges the centuries-old wisdom of the Kumiai community in Baja California, Mexico. A portion of the print run of this book will be given to members of this community who contributed to this book and to libraries and educational institutions south of the border.

Etnobotánica kumiai explora la interdependencia notable entre los pueblos nativos y las plantas endémicas de las Californias, a través de la descripción a profundidad de 47 plantas y sus usos; una narrativa vivaz, y cientos de fotografías vívidas. Enlaza los registros históricos y arqueológicos con las culturas vivas y con los especialistas en plantas nativas, quienes comparten su siempre relevante sabiduría para las generaciones futuras.
Kumeyaay Ethnobotany:
Shared Heritage of the Californias

Author: Michael Wilken-Robertson
ISBN: 9781941384305
Retail: $29.95

Kumeyaay Ethnobotany explores the remarkable interdependence between native peoples and native plants of the Californias through in-depth descriptions of 47 native plants and their uses, lively narratives, and hundreds of vivid photographs.
Order online at or call 619-258-4911 to place your order. We can ship to you or you can stop by Sunbelt to pick up your order and save shipping.  Our warehouse is open by appointment only. It is easy to keep social distancing while shopping our warehouse for deals. Call or email to schedule.
Author Michael Wilken-Robertson with 2019 IBPA Ben Franklin Award certificates.
Regional - Gold Medal, Multicultural - Silver Medal
Visit our blog for an interview with author Michael Wilken-Robertson. Here is a preview where he discusses the importance of the new Spanish edition.

Q: Why did you feel it was important to publish a Spanish edition of your book Kumeyaay Ethnobotany?

A: Most of my fieldwork was done in Baja California, Mexico, where many Kumeyaay people still use the plants described in the book in their daily lives. The consultants who generously shared their knowledge with me asked me to help preserve it for their descendants and future generations to learn from. Although many of them are now gone, I hope that with this book I can fulfill that request. I also believe that the more people of Baja California learn about their original native peoples, the more they will recognize the importance of their ongoing place in the history, culture, and present life of the region. The more they learn about our native plants and the ways that humans have interacted with them for thousands of years, the more they will be committed to conserve them, as well as the incredible habitats in which they grow. I am hoping the book will be used to educate Baja Californians in schools, libraries, and of course in the indigenous communities themselves. 
Congratulations to author Ron Parker and his book Chasing Centuries on their Bronze IPPY Award in the West-Mountain Regional Non-Fiction category!
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