After an introduction to ethnobotany, several important ethnobotany ideas and concepts will be discussed, such as the Doctrine of Signatures, exotic versus native and common medicinal flora. Specific examples of plant uses among Native Americans and in the Hispanic population of Colorado will also be presented. Information and examples will be given regarding the importance of plant folk names and calques (literal translations of indigenous names to English).
Dr. Donald Hazlett is a specialist in Native American and Hispanic Ethnobotany, Plant Taxonomy and Great Plains Ecology. He has been working with tropical ecology and ethnobotany in Bolivia, Costa Rica and Honduras as well as CSU and UNC. He is an adjunct ethnobotanist of Denver Botanic Gardens. At the moment, he is preparing a glossary of Hispanic Plant Remedies Available in Colorado and New Mexico boticas.
Denver Botanic Gardens – Morrison Center
6:30 – 8 p.m.