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Introduction to Ethnobotany
April 15 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
With a growing interest in natural health and connecting to earth’s wisdom, ethnobotany has become somewhat of an up and coming buzzword. Ethno refers to people, culture, a culture’s collective body of beliefs, aesthetic, language, knowledge, and practice, while botany refers to the study of plants. Together, ethnobotany is the study of the relationship between humans and plants, primarily in cultural settings – where many researchers travel the world and work indigenous cultures and their plant usage.
As a researcher, instructor Molly Helfend, received a Masters of Science in Ethnobotany from the University of Kent, where she later traveled to New Zealand to study the correlation between the Māori concept of Kaitiakitanga — translated as “guardianship over nature” — and plant life for her thesis. And, with more of ethnobotanical research also routed in Chumash, Indonesian and soon to be Ecuadorian study, this class will be a fantastic intro for those interested in getting involved with science, research or those who want to learn how to look at the natural world with a fresh lens of a wonderment.
This class will be rooted in observation and traditional knowledge, while we learn the basics of ethnobotany. We will also be learning about botanical and anthropological vernacular, ethnobotanical tools, how to engage with cultural competency, subsets of the subject itself and how to get involved further.
Molly Helfend is an herbalist, ethnobotanist, and writer. She possesses a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and Holistic Health, a Masters of Science in Ethnobotany, She started her journey as an environmental activist with Greenpeace and Rainforest Action Network. She later used her passion for plants to travel the globe, working as a clinical herbalist and using cultural competency to influence her work in USA, Australia, New Zealand, England, Indonesia and more.
She has worked as a content writer, product developer and creative marketing consultant for prominent health and wellness companies around the world. Whether through the alchemy of herbalism, the research of indigenous plants, or the healing practices of being a practitioner, Molly has educated countless people about how to improve their own health and work with plants.
Website: Molly Helfend
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