Check back on this page for monthly homework assignments for our 2020 Intro to Herbal Medicine class.
Turning in Your Homework
Homework can be turned in in person, emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org (to share privately with the teachers), or uploaded to the shared google drive (to make it available to the whole class).
Discussion Topic: Wildcrafting
- Plants Gone Wild! zine
- Karyn Sanders podcast: Wildcrafting; an Indigenous Perspective
- Leave it for Native People
- Robin Wall Kimmerer, The Honorable Harvest (excerpt from Braiding Sweetgrass) — This book is widely available as a beautiful downloadable audiobook from the Carnegie Library, if you prefer to listen rather than read this chapter. (It is Part 8.)
Wildcrafting – Questions
- How do we practice a culture of gratitude?
- How might our herbalism affect our ecosystem?
- In what ways can herbalism be a form of environmental activism?
- What do we do if a plant is at risk or endangered?
- How do we balance the use of plants/herbs/food with the protection of them?
- What are ways to have relationships with wild plants that don’t involve gathering them?
Discussion Topic: Cultural Appropriation
- Exploring Yoga and Cultural Appropriation with nisha ahuja (25 min. video)
- Wanting To Be Indian: When Spiritual Searching Turns into Cultural Theft by Myke Johnson (18 pages) — Pick a question to answer at the end of the article
- Standing Rock Medic + Healer Council: Cultural Respect FAQ by Linda Black Elk
- When We Talk About Cultural Appropriation, We’re Missing The Point by Ijeoma Oluo
Cultural Appropriation – Questions
- Write ½-1 page about a family healing tradition you grew up with.
- What things do you participate in that are from a culture beside your own? How do you benefit from that? What harm might you be causing with your participation? How can your participation counteract cultural appropriation?
- How can we disrupt cultural appropriation?
- Myke Johnson asks: “What does it mean for an earth-centered spirituality, that the particular land on which we live is stolen land? What about the grief of the land for her original people? Are there ways to be welcomed here? This is the land of our birth, perhaps for many generations. I believe we do belong on the earth, she is the mother of us all. But how do we live here with honor? Is it the responsibility of all of us who love this land to restore her original people?”
- Seek out dandelion. Spend time with this plant, visit it, sit with it, eat dandelion, drink tea of the roots or leaves. What do you feel and notice when you spend time with it? What other creatures do you notice interacting with the dandelion? What role does it play in its interspecies community?
- For one a whole meal, think and write about the energetics of each food in your meal –
- What are the flavors you notice, thinking about the five basic flavors (sweet, salty, bitter, sour, pungent/spicy), and any others you want to describe
- Is the food hot or cold? Dry or damp? Does it seem slow or fast?
- If it feels ok, spend some time noticing how the food feels in your mouth.
- Where do you feel the food in your body? How do you feel 15 minutes after eating? An hour? (Set a timer!)
- (Optional) Do this for a breakfast, a lunch, a dinner, a snack (it doesn’t have to be all in one day)
Plants and Botany
- Get a Newcombs
- Find two different opposite and two different alternately arranged trees. Draw them.
- Go look at trees, choose two trees and spend 15 minutes with each tree. Observe. Write down all the observations you make of the tree so that someone else could go find that tree.
Anatomy & Physiology
- Write one fantastical or real scenario where you could use first aid. (Extra points for hilarity. Like lots of them.)
- Revisit the intentions you wrote in class. Spend some time with them, daydream about them, change them or add to them if you desire.
- (Optional) Celebrate spring by building or renewing a personal altar, or make one specifically for this class