Connecting Cornell Students to the Cayuga Nation
Hosting the Cayuga Nation Chief to further the relationship between Cornell students and local indigenous people
Depending on their major, Cornell students often lack meaningful exposure to and connections with the Ithaca region’s Native American communities. This project brings Chief Sam George of Cayuga Nation to campus to work with students in a plant biology class about plant-based natural remedies. During the course of the semester, students learn about the use of medicinal plants among Native Americans throughout the centuries, their cosmological view of the universe that informs the cause, diagnosis and treatment of the disease and maintenance of well being. They will also learn about Indigenous property rights, appropriate compensation to the native people, conservation of resources (cultural and biological), and the loss of native languages.
Grant category: Student Leadership
Topics: Culture, Language and History; Health, Nutrition and Medicine
Giulia Friso, School of Integrated Plant Sciences - Plant Biology
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
- Community partner: Multicultural Resource Center
In the News
MARCH 16, 2018
Chief Sam George of the Cayuga Nation to contribute to Medical Ethnobotany class
– College of Agriculture and Life Sciences – School of Integrative Plant Science website
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