Ethnobotany in Our Region: Native Plants and Indigenous Culture
Public Welcome Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation
Learn about Indigenous practices using native plants in Northern Illinois.
Many of us who are passionate about native-plant gardening are not aware of the ways in which the plants of our region have been or are now being used by Native people, nor how central they are to Indigenous culture. Gina Roxas, a citizen of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, will talk about native plants from a Native American cultural perspective.
Gina Roxas is Program Director for Trickster Cultural Center, a nonprofit Native American and community arts center in Schaumburg, where she also manages the native medicinal garden. She also teaches classes at the Morton Arboretum. Gina has studied the environment through a multifaceted lens of traditional teachings from her grandmother and family elders as well as the humanities and science. Her interests are ethnobotany, urban agriculture, and gardening.