Edible, Utilitarian, and Religio-Medical Plants Used by the Cherokees

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November 9, 2013 @ 2:00 pm
November 9, 2013 @ 3:00 pm
NC Botanical Garden Education Center
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100 Old Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States

An opening discussion will consider the origins of Cherokee plant lore and the extent to which the early white settlers in the Blue Ridge learned practical usage from them. A set of images depicting various plants (ramps, Indian hemp, May-apple, touch-me-not, poison ivy, etc.) will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on ginseng (as a trade commodity); river cane (blowguns, arrows, building material, mats, fences, etc.); buckeye and devil’s-shoestring (as a “fish dope”); green-headed coneflower (and other spring greens); plant dyes (basket splints and other items); and plants evoked in the “sacred formulas” (songs and chants) for religious and medicinal purposes. The lecture will be followed by a book signing by George and his wife Elizabeth. Their books include Mountain Passages, Blue Ridge Nature Journal, and Permanent Camp.

Fee: $10 ($5 ncbg members)

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