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Roots of Knowledge: Saving Indigenous Plants for Our Future

  • Houston Museum of Natural Science 5555 Hermann Park Drive Houston, TX, 77030 United States (map)

DISCOVER Lecture Series

Cosponsored by Museum of Fine Arts, Houston


With additional support from Greg McCord;  Promotional partners - Sierra Club - Houston Regional Group and Brazilian Consulate General of Houston

Speaker - Dr. Maria Fadiman; Associate Professor, Florida Atlantic University

Deep in the jungles of the Amazon basin and at sites across the world, shamans and healers have developed an intimate knowledge of the medicinal and sustaining powers of native plant species. 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. Discover how an ethnobotanist explores traditional knowledge (curative medicine and other benefits) while simultaneously addressing the struggles and successes in balancing resource use with sustainable collecting traditions.

Admission: HMNS and AIA Member - $12.00 General Admission - $18.00

Tickets available by phone at 713.639.4629 or at the HMNS box office.

Use the code AIA$6off to obtain member discount.  Not available online.