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Ethnobotany & Western Medicine: An evening with Linda Black Elk

Linda Black Elk is an Ethnobotanist who currently works in Minnesota for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.  She studies Native American medicinal and edible plants as well as prairie restoration and ecology.  Additionally, Linda Black Elk attended the recent protests at Standing Rock against the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline.  She also had a medical camp at the protest site where she worked with Western-trained physicians to combine Native healing ways and Western medicine.  Prior to her presentation, Linda Black Elk will host a hands-on workshop in which she makes lip balms with students and the Des Moines community. 

5:30-6:30 p.m. - Lip balm workshop in Room 201

7:00 p.m. - Presentation in Reading Room

Special thanks to the Slay Fund for Social Justice, the American Library Association Public Programs Office, and the U.S. National Library of Medicine for their funding and support.

Monday, September 16, 2019 at 5:30pm

Cowles Library, Reading Room

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Lectures/Presentations, Educational


Undergraduate Students, Faculty & Staff, Alumni, General Public, Prospective Students, Law Students, Parents, Graduate Students





Cowles Library
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Priya Shenoy

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Christine Urish left a positive review 9/15/2019

I loved this event! The speaker was very engaging, the hands on activity before her lecture was wonderful and I feel that she spoke at a level that was academic, but yet realistic and pragmatic. I look forward to other engaging programs such as this at the library. Thank you to everyone who was involved in organizing and thank you very much to Linda Black Elk for sharing her knowledge and passion with us. It was awesome!