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Plants Inspire the People: Hualapai Ethnobotany of the Grand Canyon 5/20/17


Where lies the cure to diabetes? “Ask the prickly pear, or the mesquite bean pod…maybe they will tell you.” This is the answer you may hear from elder instructors of the Hualapai Ethnobotany Youth Project. The ethnobotanical story of the Hualapai Tribe begins with the plant knowledge the people have inherited from their great grandparents who lived entirely off the land. Hualapai grandchildren live in a completely different modern world. Information presented will share the project examining the crucial role that plant resource acquisition has played in Hualapai culture; knowledge that has been fine tuned and perfected over millennia.

Carrie Calisay Cannon is a member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma and also is of Oglala Lakota descent. She has a B.S. in Wildlife Biology, and an M.S. in Resource Management. She began working as a tribal biologist for the Hualapai Tribe of Peach Springs, Arizona in 2005 where she began the creation of an intergenerational ethnobotany program for the Hualapai community. Carrie is currently employed as an Ethnobotanist for the Hualapai Department of Cultural Resources. She administers a number of department projects and programs which promote the intergenerational teaching of Hualapai ethnobotanical knowledge. She works towards both preservation as well as revitalization focusing her energy on ensuring tribal ethnobotanical knowledge persists as a living practice and tradition.

Location: The Scarlet Sage Herb Co.

1193 Valencia St. SF, CA 94110

Times: 7:30-9pm

Date: 5/20/17

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