SP18 River Cane: Cultural Workhorse & Ecological Powerhouse

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Thursday March 1

9:30 AM  –  12:30 PM

River Cane: Cultural Workhorse & Ecological Powerhouse
Instructor: David Cozzo
Thursday, March 1; 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
$27 Member / $37 Non-member
Limit: 20 students

BRN Elective Credit 3 hours

This class will look at the ecological functions and cultural applications of river cane, especially in relationship to the Cherokee as an artists’ resource and food source. Learn about the two species of cane in our region and the differences between river cane and bamboo. The class will enjoy a walk through the Roots of Wisdom exhibition to view river cane through the lens of the preservation of traditional knowledge with a discussion about working with the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry on the collaborative exhibition.

David Cozzo is an ethnobotanist specializing in the relationship of the Cherokee to their botanical world. He is an area specialized agent for the North Carolina Cooperative Extension and is project director for the Revitalization of Traditional Cherokee Artisan Resources. He teaches courses and has published articles on the nutritional and medical ethnobotany of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians and was a contributor to the “Roots of Wisdom” exhibiting at the Arboretum this spring.