Dr. Felix Coe, EEB, UConn Greater Hartford
Sunday, November 7, 3 pm
Biology/Physics Building, Room 130
No registration required—FREE
Adults and children ages 10 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
No look at the natural history of health would be complete without examining the topic of ethnobotanical medicine. Ethnobotany is the study of the use of plants by indigenous peoples, and indigenous medicine has traditionally been the realm of shamans and medicine men. Dr. Felix Coe, a native of Nicaragua, has been investigating plants and plant use by indigenous people in Central America since 1972.
Dr. Coe has had extensive contact with the Rama and Miskitu people of southeastern Nicaragua, and has conducted a systematic study of their ethnobotany. Of the 249 plant species documented as medicinal, food, fiber, or tools by the Rama and Miskitu people, 171 were used by both groups. These results have important implications for understanding ethnobotany as they demonstrate that unrelated indigenous groups sharing the same ecosystem, though separated by physical distance, can have similar ethnobotanical lore. Join Dr. Coe for this engaging talk and find out why plant uses are similar for these two peoples.
Presented by the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, both part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UConn. 860.486.4460 - www.mnh.uconn.edu
David C. Colberg
Connecticut State Museum of Natural History
Connecticut Archaeology Center
University of Connecticut
2019 Hillside Road, Unit 1023
Storrs, CT 06269-1023
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