Bennington College, 2011-13

This course is a cross-cultural study of the relationships between people and plants. We will focus on how indigenous peoples around the world today know and use plants for food, medicine, shelter, and spiritual healing. We will examine folk taxonomies, the role of plants in religion and cosmology, the conservation of genetic diversity, and the ethics of bioprospecting and scientific documentation of indigenous knowledge. The course will include basic botany as well as cultural studies.

ENV 2203 Ethnobotany course syllabus (pdf)