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LOCAL>> Iwígara - The Kinship of Plants and People – Dr. Enrique Salmón
Online presentation of a new book covering indigenous cultural knowledge of plants
Author and ethnobotanist Dr. Enrique Salmón will present his new book, Iwígara – The Kinship of Plants and People, which is a rich compendium of the ways specific plants are used as food and medicine, their identification and harvest, their important health benefits, plus their role in traditional stories and myths.
The belief that all life-forms are interconnected and share the same breath—known in the Rarámuri tribe as iwígara—has resulted in a treasury of knowledge about the natural world, passed down for millennia by native cultures.
Enrique Salmón, is a Rarámuri (Tarahumara) Indian. He has a Ph.D. in anthropology from Arizona State University and is head of the American Indian Studies program at Cal State University East Bay. He has published papers and spoken at numerous conferences and symposia on the topics of cultivating resilience, indigenous solutions to climate change, the ethnobotany of Native North America, the ethnobotany of the Greater Southwest, poisonous plants that heal, bioculturally diverse regions as refuges of hope and resilience, and the language and library of indigenous cultural knowledge.