Cherokee Medicine: Materia Medica
with Michael Crigler
Thursday, April 2, 6:00-9:00PM
Homestead Apothecary, 486 49th Street, #C, Oakland
Materia Medica is a compendium of knowledge of a large number of healing plants and an essential component of any herbalist’s “toolkit.” Traditionally, herbalists or Didanawisgi (Cherokee Root Doctors) would have had a working knowledge of 150-600 medicinal plants, trees and mushrooms. This wisdom was passed down through the millennia in a written or oral tradition. This Materia Medica course honors the spirit of this ancient tradition, passing on the ever-evolving knowledge to interested seekers of earth based wisdom.
During this class, we will investigate 5 herbs used in Cherokee Herbal Medicine. The class will cover names, parts of plants used, “taste,” “energetics,” location and gathering time, constituents, medicinal uses, cautions and contraindications, preparations, dosages for tea and extract and other useful information. Students can sample medicines (when available) as extracts and/or teas to gain first-hand experience of the plants’ “energetics.” Class is open to newcomers, enthusiasts, and to those with an herbal background wishing to deepen their understanding of herbalism and expand their Materia Medica repertoire.
Michael Crigler (Many Feathers) is of Cherokee and early Powhatan decent. His mixed ancestry traces back sixteen-generations to Chief Powhatan. He is an internationally exhibited artist, a community herbalist, a teacher of traditional herbal wisdom and wilderness awareness, a published poet, an award winning designer, and a musician. Michael lives and works in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, exploring the visual and spiritual realms of plants, life and creation. He teaches through the Clearpath School of Herbal Medicine in Western Massachusetts.