04/16 In Search of Serpentine’s Sister: Uniting Indigenous and Natural Histories

Instructor: John Roth
Date: Saturday Apr. 16, 9 AM-4:30 PM*
Location: SFI
Tuition: $70

*end time may vary slightly, please plan accordingly



This overview of the natural and indigenous history of the Illinois Valley, with a special focus on animated serpentine and her botanical offspring, will aim to provide an appreciation for the rich and alluring tales of the larger world we inhabit. Via the entangled reciprocities of serpentine life, this course will examine how ancient and science views can unite and blend, informing us what’s good to keep, eat, cure, weave, and think, and how thankfulness and cooperation can lessen the Eremocrene, ‘The Age of Loneliness.’ We’ll search for relevant plant species and hold discussions at several sites in the field, and reconvene for a closing presentation in the classroom.

Field day is moderate (1-3 miles of hiking and/or climbs of up to 500 ft).

Ages 12+ welcome.

Suggested Reading:

  • Iwígara: American Indian Ethnobotanical Traditions and Science
  • Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
  • On Becoming Animal
  • In Search of the Mother Tree