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Native Ethnobotony of the Colorado Plateau at the Museum of Northern Arizona

  • 29 Sep 2019
  • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff
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UNCOVERING OUR ROOTS: Native Ethnobotony of the Colorado Plateau at the Museum of Northern Arizona

This is a carpool trip limited to 15 individuals. Bring lunch to eat outdoors.

Location: Meet at the Museum of Northern Arizona’s Easton Collection Center Building (with the living roof), 3100 N Fort Valley Road, Flagstaff, AZ

Plants have been providing us with food, medicine, visions, ceremony, shelter, clothing, adornment and beauty since we have been humans. They have helped us survive many hardships, and have co-evolved with us at the most basic level, giving us the oxygen we need to live, as we give them the carbon dioxide they need to live. A life-sustaining reciprocity.

They have continued to form a part of the cultures of the Hopi, Navajo and other peoples of the Colorado Plateau. But, as the elders pass, this knowledge is at risk of being lost. And with that, an important connection with the Earth, the plants and their medicines disappears.

This unique opportunity begins with a behind-the-scenes look into the MNA’s extensive Easton herbarium collection of over 40,000 specimens. We will hear from author and Botany Research Specialist Jan Busco about the collection, as she describes several of these specimens--how they acquired them, what they were used for, and by whom.

After this, we join renowned Herbalist and Ethnobotanist Phyllis Hogan, for a tour through the MNA’s newly dedicated AERA Michael Moore Medicinal Garden. Phyllis has over 43 years’ experience working with the plant medicines of the Southwest, and now also maintains the Medicinal Garden with her volunteers.

In 1983, in response to the desires of Hopi and Navajo healers, Phyllis and partners Michael Moore and Jill Dedera, created the Arizona Ethnobotanical Research Foundation (AERA). Their mission has been to preserve the plant knowledge and traditions of Native healers for future generations. They have collected over 4,000 specimens to date

Come meet some of the medicines from the Colorado Plateau, as Phyllis and Jan show you both pressed and living plants! Understand how ancient and contemporary peoples have been working with these plants continuously to help heal their families and communities.