Ties to Alaska's Wild Plants
Ethnobotany Film Series
Ethnographic filmmaker Sarah Betcher has produced a series designed to teach viewers about the many traditional Alaskan indigenous ways of using wild plants for food, medicine, and construction material.
Funded by NSF grant #1546438 to Herbarium Curator Stefanie Ickert-Bond (PI) and Sarah Betcher (Co-PI).
Featured Video in honor of Helen Watkins (11/16/1939 - 2/9/2016)
DEVIL'S CLUB: Tlingit Traditions
Tlingit Elder Helen Watkins takes us through every stage of processing the devil's club plant: making beads, medicinal powder, and infused salves and oils. She also shares the spiritual significance of this powerful plant.
This engaging comprehensive video will enable the viewer to learn the steps it takes to make many products from devil’s club.
WILD CELERY: Iņupiat Traditions
Iņupiat Elders share how they have witnessed healing fr om the use of wild celery as a medicine and ways they process the plant for optimal potency.
SOURDOCK: Iņupiat Traditions
Two Iņupiat women demonstrate their traditions of sourdock gathering, cutting, sorting techniques, and different dishes one can make from this nutritious plant.
BERRIES: Iņupiat Traditions
Iņupiat Elders take us through the arctic tundra for berry picking while sharing their traditions of gathering, processing, and consuming berries found in the tundra.
STINKWEED: Iņupiat Traditions
Iņupiat Elders speak about the long list of ways their families have utilized the stinkweed plant as a potent medicinal herb.
WILLOW: Iņupiat Traditions
Many Iņupiat people gather willow and share about the ways they traditionally harvest and use the willow plant as a delicious healthy edible green and as a medicinal product.
BARK: Iņupiat Traditions
An Iņupiaq women demonstrates how she uses bark as a tanning agent for skins and as a dye to fur while an Iņupiaq man talks about his families traditions of using bark.
WOOD: Iņupiat Traditions
Three Iņupiat men speak about their people’s traditions of using wood as construction material as well as showing examples of products made locally from wood.
TREE GUM Iņupiat Traditions
An Iņupiat husband and wife speak about their family’s traditional ways of gathering and using tree gum as a medicinal product.