Iwígara, with Enrique Salmón

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Enrique Salmón, author of the new book Iwígara: the Kinship of Plants and People, for a virtual event.

The belief that all life-forms are interconnected and share the same breath—known in the Rarámuri tribe as iwígara—has resulted in a treasury of knowledge about the natural world, passed down for millennia by native cultures. Trained as an ethnobotanist, Dr. Salmón builds on this concept of connection through plants revered by North America’s indigenous peoples. In the book, he teaches us the ways specific plants are used as food and medicine, the details of their identification and harvest, their important health benefits, plus their role in traditional stories and myths. We’ll hear more about how Dr. Salmón came to write the book, and how his own heritage as a a Rarámuri (Tarahumara) Indian has shaped his research.

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Apr 07 2021


5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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  • Enrique Salmón
    Enrique Salmón
    Head, American Indian Studies Program, Cal State University East Bay

    Enrique Salmón, is a Rarámuri (Tarahumara) Indian. He has a Ph.D. in anthropology from Arizona State University. He is head of the American Indian Studies program at Cal State University East Bay. He holds a BS from Western New Mexico University, an MAT in Southwest studies from Colorado College, and a PhD in anthropology from Arizona State University. He has been a scholar in residence at the Heard Museum and has served as a board member for the Society of Ethnobiology. He has published many articles on indigenous ethnobotany, agriculture, nutrition, and traditional ecological knowledge. He has also spoken at numerous conferences and symposia on the topics of cultivating resilience, indigenous solutions to climate change, the ethnobotany of Native North America, the ethnobotany of the Greater Southwest, poisonous plants that heal, bioculturally diverse regions as refuges of hope and resilience, and the language and library of indigenous cultural knowledge. Dr. Salmon is author of the book, Eating The Landscape: American Indian Stories of Food, Identity, and Resilience and Iwígara: The Kinship of Plants and People.

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