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Lecture - Roots of Knowledge: Saving Indigenous Plants for Our Future by Maria Fadiman

Monday, November 06, 2017 - 6:30 PM

Running Time: 2 hours


Shamans and healers have developed an intimate knowledge of the medicinal and sustaining powers of native plant species deep in the jungles of the Amazon basin and at sites across the world. The people who live in these environments identify the plants that cure specific illnesses and provide nourishment or that can be made into shelters, baskets and clothing. However, the indigenous cultures of the rainforest are often overlooked in the effort to understand the importance of this vast ecosystem to the health of our world.


In this special presentation, ethnobotanist Dr. Maria Fadiman of Florida Atlantic University will explores traditional knowledge--curative medicine and other benefits--while simultaneously addressing the struggles and successes in balancing resource use with sustainable collecting traditions.


This lecture is co-sponsored by HMNS and AIA, Houston Society with support from SABIC, Greg McCord, Sierra Club - Houston Regional Group, and Brazilian Consulate General of Houston.


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