Useful Plants of the American Indian and the Immigrant


From 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

M. Kat Anderson holds a Ph.D. in Wildland Resource Science from the University of California, Berkeley, held the position of Ethnoecologist for USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and is the author of the book Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge and the Management of California’s Natural Resources. Anderson has researched the cultural exchanges between American Indians with immigrants who came from Asia and Europe between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries focusing on the sharing of rich ethnobotanical traditions of wild plant gathering, their uses, and tending the habitats from which they come of the three respective continents. She explores how these ethnobotanical legacies provided connection between these cultures and the important role of American Indians in enriching the practice of American medicine, as well as how modern agriculture has directly benefited from the millennia of Indian stewardship of the North American landscape. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.