We are delighted to welcome Dr. Enrique Salmón, author of the new book Iwígara: American Indian Ethnobotanical Traditions and Science, 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.