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Dr. Justin Nolan, “The Roots of Tradition: Wild Plant Foods & Medicines of the Ozarks”


Dr. Justin Nolan, Associate Professor and Vice-Chair of the Anthropology Department at the University of Arkansas, received his PhD from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2000 and joined the anthropology faculty in 2002.  His research in ethnobiology and folklore centers around human relationships with native flora and fauna to understand the cultural construction of health through region-specific patterns of wild plant knowledge and procurement.  Dr. Nolan is the immediate Past-President of the Society of Ethnobiology, and his last book, Wild Harvest in the Heartland: Ethnobotany in Missouri's Little Dixie, was published in 2007.  His fieldwork also includes studies of the survivorship of Oklahoma Cherokee plant traditions and their role in perpetuating Cherokee language and expressive culture in the Westernmost Ozarks.


 Program: "The Roots of Tradition: Wild Plant Foods and Medicines of the Ozarks".  

The presentation will discuss the origins and conservation of Native and European-American plant use traditions in Ozark folk medicine and food culture.  Nolan will examine folk knowledge of native and immigrant species and their overlap as edible and medicinal resources among present-day residents of the rural Ozark and Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.