Conservation of Botanicals Used for Carving by the Ijaw Ethnic Group of Bayelsa State Nigeria
International Journal of Natural Resource Ecology and Management
Volume 1, Issue 2, July 2016, Pages: 58-62
Received: Jul. 11, 2016;
Accepted: Jul. 20, 2016;
Published: Jul. 29, 2016
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Kayode J., Department of Plant Science and Biotechnology, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria
Ihinmikaiye S. O., Department of Biological Science, Federal University, Otueke, Nigeria
Arowosegbe S., Department of Plant Science and Biotechnology, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria
Oyedeji A. A., Department of Biological Science, Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Nigeria
A survey of wood used for carving in Bayelsa State, Nigeria was carried out using a rapid appraisal method. The state was divided into three zones and in each zone; three prominent wood carvers were identified and interviewed with the aid of semi-structured questionnaire guide. Also, five communities were randomly selected from each of the eight local government areas of the state. In each community, ten respondents that have maintained continuous domicile for a minimum of ten years in the community were selected and interviewed with respect to their indigenous knowledge on woodcarving. Group interviewed were equally conducted. A total of 39 botanicals belonging to 23 different families were being used to carve 12 different items. Botanicals commonly used for such craft were identified and were mostly timber species. They ranged from hard to soft wood and the species used depended on the item to be carved. The methods use for harvesting the wood was annihilative. Increasing decline in the availability of the species was reported hence strategies that would enhance the continuous supply of the species were proposed.
Ihinmikaiye S. O.,
Oyedeji A. A.,
Conservation of Botanicals Used for Carving by the Ijaw Ethnic Group of Bayelsa State Nigeria, International Journal of Natural Resource Ecology and Management.
Vol. 1, No. 2,
2016, pp. 58-62.
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