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Native Plants Symposium: Green Roots, Red Resilience
A symposium celebrating cultural relationships among Native American people and native plants

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Friday, November 12, 2021

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.



Venue: Reeves Auditorium at the North Carolina Botanical Garden

This event will also be live-streamed via Zoom webinar.


Free; preregistration required. 


In-person option: A limited number of seats will be available in the Reeves Auditorium, with masks required indoors. Please register all members of your party separately to ensure we have enough seats.


Virtual option: We will stream the event live via Zoom Webinar. Links for accessing the program will be emailed to registered participants in advance of the program.



Featuring: Dr. Linwood Watson (Haliwa-Saponi), Vickie Jeffries (Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation), Darlene Graham and Loretta Jacobs (Waccamaw-Siouan)


Facilitator: Jesalyn Keziah (Lumbee; UNC American Indian Center)



Green Roots, Red Resilience is focused on celebrating cultural relationships between Native American people and native plants. Through hands-on workshops led by local Native American plant knowledge keepers, we will explore and celebrate cultural uses, traditions, and relationships among multiple Native plants and the people who have been tending to and using these plants since time immemorial. We will learn from current-day community ethnobotany programs, taste traditional teas, discuss plant medicine, explore local fruits and edible plants, weave cattail mats, and exchange native plant seeds in a community seed swap - please bring seeds to share if you have them!


Our fantastic speakers represent four different Tribal Nations across NC - Haliwa-Saponi, Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation, and Waccamaw-Siouan. We are thrilled to bring together such a knowledgeable and diverse team. 



        North Carolina Botanical Garden


 This project has been made possible with a grant from Triangle Community Foundation's Sustainable Communities Grant Program.


The registration period has closed for this event.
Registration open until 11/11/2021 11:59 PM.

Program Agenda

10 AM

Welcome, Overview, Introductions

10:30 AM – 12 Noon

From Traditional to “TraditioNOW”

& Persimmon Activity

Dr. Linwood Watson


12 - 1 PM

Lunch & Explore NCBG

Check out resource tables and seed swap

1 - 2 PM

The many uses of Pine Needles, Cedar, Sumac, and Sassafras

Vickie Jeffries

(Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation)

2 – 3 PM

Learning from the Healing Green Space

Darlene Graham & Loretta Jacobs

(Waccamaw Siouan)

3 – 4 PM

Community Discussion, Reflection, and Dreaming


Jesalyn Keziah


4 PM

Departure, take resources, seed swap table on your way out


Hybrid (Virtual and Reeves Auditorium)

This program will be offered via Zoom webinar

A limited number of seats are available in the Reeves Auditorium. A virtual option is available if you would prefer to view from another location.


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