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Native Plant Symposium: “Green Roots, Red Resilience”

Nov 12, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

This event is a part of a series celebrating American Indian Heritage Month. For the full calendar of events, download here: AIHM 2021 Calendar FINAL


Nov. 12, 10:00am-4:00pm: Native Plant Symposium: “Green Roots, Red Resilience”


In-person, Reeves Auditorium, NC Botanical Garden

Some sessions simulcast via Zoom, register for link.

*FREE* to attend, pre-registration is required:



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. Lunch and parking will be provided.

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


Seed Swap!!

We are hosting a community seed swap – please bring seeds *of Native plants* to share if you have them! We will have some local Native seeds, and encourage you to bring your own seeds to contribute and swap. We welcome *Native* seeds and starts of any variety – edible plants, pollinator plants, medicinal plants, corn, vegetables, herbs, flowers, rhizomes and propagatable roots. We will supply the envelopes and labels for swapping, as well as some starter seed packs.



10am Welcome, Overview, Introductions Speaker
10:30am-12pm From Traditional to “TraditioNOW” & Persimmon Activity Dr. Linwood Watson


12pm-1pm Lunch & Explore NCBG

Seed Swap!! & Check out resource tables

Catered boxed lunch, Seed swap table!

*bring Native seeds to share

1pm-2pm The many uses of Pine Needles, Cedar, Sumac, and Sassafras Vickie Jeffries

(Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation)

2pm-3pm Learning from the Healing Green Space Darlene Graham & Sue Jacobs

(Waccamaw Siouan)

3pm-4pm Community Discussion, Reflection, and Dreaming Facilitator:

Jesalyn Keziah (Lumbee)

4pm Departure, take resources, seed swap table


Nov 12, 2021
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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