Strengthening Our Roots: Traditional Native Plant Medicine


KBOO is a proud media sponsor for Strengthening Our Roots: Traditional Native Plant Medicine 

Who: Dr. Terry Maresca, MD

What: Dr . Maresca (Mohawk Tribe, Kahnawake Band) is a board-certified family physician and the medical director for the Snoqualmie Tribe. She will address the contemporary role of Traditional Indian Medicine (TIM), while highlighting ways of incorporating ethnobotony with community-driven methods in tribal and urban settings.

Where & When:

Friday, August 12th 2011 at 3PM

Ecotrust Conference Center

721 NW 9th Ave.

Portland, OR 97209

Contributions will be accepted at the door ($5.00 to $20.00)


Bio: Dr. Maresca has spent most of her career working in rural, reservation, or underserved urban American Indian communities. At the Snoqualmie Clinic, she maintains a clinic medicinal herb garden with the permission of their elders. For twenty-seven years, her training and clinical practice has blended both Native plant medicine work with Western approaches to health. She is a clinical associate professor at University of Washington School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, and is on faculty at Seattle Indian Health Board’s family medicine residency training program. 

She is a long-time member and former president of the Association of American Indian Physicians, and has presented a variety of plant medicine workshops at regional, national, and international forums. When not teaching or taking care of people, she is outside tending her own garden, seed saving, going on plant salvages, making plant medicine, growing traditional tobacco, and restoring her property to include more native plants. 

About: This event is a fundraiser to plan the fourth series of Wisdom of the Elders Radio Program. This upcoming oral history and cultural arts radio series will feature compelling messages and sustainability responses to climate change from eight Northwest tribes in Oregon, Alaska, Washington and Montana. WISDOM, whose mission is Native American cultural sustainability, education and cross-cultural communications, shares audio of the previous three radio series at where downloads of 150+ Native American radio segments are available at no charge.


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