Alaska Ethnobotany

Ethnobotany Panel at the AFE 2022

Invited Ethnobotany Panel at the 2022 Alaska Forum on the Environment: Where Culture and Plants Entwine Presenters: Meda DeWitt: People, Plants, and Culture: Understanding through an Indigenous lens of interdependent relationships. Julie Rowland: Overharvesting of Fiddleheads in Southcentral Alaska Lisa Strecker: The UAF Ethnobotany Program Ethnobotany is the interdisciplinary study …

Lauhala

Botanical Information Species: Pandanus tectorius Parkinson ex Du Roi (Pandanaceae) Common names: thatch screwpine, hala tree, pandanus Hawaiian name: pu hala (Carr, 2002) Pandanus tectorius is a dioecious member of the screwpine family of monocotyledons.  It is native to the Pacific Islands, Australia, and Malesia where it prefers coastal areas …

Chaga Tincture

Inonotus obliquus (Ach. ex Pers.) Pilat Chaga is a parasitic fungus that grows in northern (boreal) forests on birch trees. It’s been part of Russian folk medicine since the 16th century (Spinosa, 2012, p.22-26). In fact, the word chaga comes from the Khanty language, an Indigenous people living in modern-day …