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Description: Ethnobotany involves the knowledge, wisdom, and experiences from many different cultures around the world, especially those close to mother earth, (called the Indigenous People). While Manuel enjoys gardening and talks about some of his favorite plants, he also focuses on producing. He sees himself as a producer rather than a consumer, making bow and arrows, baskets etc. from natural products, some available in our local environments. Join us for an entertaining discussion involving the art and science of ethnobotany.

About my Guest: Dr. Manuel Lizarralde is an Associate Professor of Ethnobotany, teaching in the Botany Department and Environmental Studies Program at Connecticut College since 1998. Dr. Lizarralde’s principal research focus is the botanical and ecological knowledge of indigenous people of the tropical rainforest. His research focus is the Barí people of Venezuela with 34 months of fieldwork over the last 29 years.  He has also done ethnobotanical research with the Matsigenka of Peru and is the author of an index and map of South American Indigenous languages.  He is the author or co-author of 24 journal articles or book chapters, 3 maps and one book.  For the last 18 years, he has been working with the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot Nation in Connecticut on the reconstruction and uses of traditional bows and arrows. Dr. Lizarralde is also an avid bowyer, basket maker, and bow hunter.

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