Hybrid Lunchbox Talk: Botanical Birthrights & Bitter Roots: African American Herbal Medicine in the American South
with Sierra Roark, Doctoral Candidate, UNC Department of Anthropology
The registration period has closed for this event.
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2022
Time: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM EST
Location: Hybrid - Virtual and In-person attendance options (see below for more information)
Free; $5 suggested fee; preregistration required
This program will be delivered in a hybrid format.
In-person option: A limited number of seats will be available in the Reeves Auditorium. Please register all members of your party separately to ensure we have enough seats.
Virtual option: We will stream the lecture live via Zoom Webinar. Links for accessing the program will be emailed to registered participants in advance of the program.
As enslaved Africans were brought to North America, they transported environmental and medicinal knowledge alongside familiar plants. As African people, beliefs, and practices encountered Indigenous and European people and plants, a distinct variety of ethnomedicine emerged and allowed African Americans to both covertly and directly confront oppression. This talk will explore the basics of archaeobotany and will present a case study that illustrates how multidisciplinary lines of evidence can highlight historical instances of human resilience and resistance.