Edith Adjako, of Maroon descend, shows how her female ancestors hid rice grains in their hair.
Did you know that vanilla (Vanilla planifolia) is a tropical orchid that climbs on trees?
The Shipibo Konibo, indigenous to the Peruvian Amazon, use many plants with special healing powers.
Do you want to understand how we can repair our relationship with plants and the earth? Are you a plant lover, gardener, artist, permaculture designer, herbalist, nature conservationist? Then this self-paced introduction is for you!
Welcome to the study of ethnobotany, the relationship between people and plants. Start learning today about people, plants and human cultures, the study and research methods of ethnobotany, indigenous wisdom and traditional knowledge. This will be a recorded session, with small reflection exercises, and includes a rich list of learning resources so you can get started in your own pace on the path of ethnobotany!
In 12 short lessons you will …
1. Learn what what will be covered in each lesson, and what motivated me to offer this course
2. Review the many ways plants fulfil our daily needs, to realise the importance of plants for humans to survive and thrive
3. Learn about the study of ethnobotany, to understand the main concepts and how it has changed over time
4. Learn the basics of botany, to understand how it evolved and why it is so important today
5. Learn about taxonomy and binomial nomenclature, to understand how botany organises and names the plant world
5. Learn how to conduct ethical research in ethnobotany, so you can respectfully work with different people and their traditional knowledge
6. Learn some of the research methods of the ethnobotanist, so you can feel confident about starting your own research project
7. Learn about the indigenous Shipibo Konibo from the Peruvian Amazon, to gain a deeper understanding on how plants can shape a culture.
8. Learn about piripiri plant medicine as used by the Shipibo Konibo, to understand what kind of knowledge ethnobotanical research can uncover
9. Learn about the rights of indigenous people and the rights of nature, to understand how we can protect the diversity of life on earth
10. Learn about the future of ethnobotany, to see how plants and traditional knowledge can offer solutions for our many modern day crises.
– Bonus lesson: the stories you never knew, of plants you use every day
The introduction to ethnobotany is in the making. Register your interest now, and you will receive an early bird discount when the session launches!
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