BO3125 Ethnobotany and Northwest Herbs

This course is designed to introduce the basis of ethnographic methodology. The class explores the world and different cultures, people’s past and present use of plants, food, medicine, shelter, clothing, etc. Various regions are discussed and contrasted from anthropological and historic perspectives. Indigenous guests are invited to represent their ways of life. This is a field and lab course focusing on the plants of the Pacific Northwest. This class focuses on plant recognition and identification, botany, ethnobotany, and medicinal application of the plants found in the outdoor classroom of the Bastyr University campus. The class is primarily an outdoor field class, exploring all the new growth of the spring season, with some lab sessions to work with preparations of the plants being studied.