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About This Project
About This Project

The North Carolina Native American Ethnobotany Project is about maintaining strong, resilient Native American communities through knowledge and environmental stewardship. We work with communities interested in:

•Reaffirming relationships with native wild plant relatives

•Remembering and relearning medicinal and cultural value of native wild plants

•Documenting and disseminating collective cultural knowledge about native wild plants in a meaningful way.

We conduct focus groups and interviews with community elders to review the knowledge and use of culturally significant native and naturalized plants in their area. Our team of researchers collect plant specimens for cataloging and identification, return knowledge back to the community through workshops, blog posts, and book publication (Fall 2019); help communities establish medicinal and wild plant gardens; and donate native trees and plants back to communities for medicinal/cultural use and education.

NC Tribes & Medicinal Plants

Halifax and Warren Counties are located in the coastal plain, on the fall line of the piedmont region. This area is home to the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe. 


Sampson and Harnett counties are home to the Coharie Tribe. These counties are located in the coastal plain. 

Waccamaw Siouan

Bladen and Columbus counties are home to the Waccamaw Siouan Tribe,

people of the falling star. 

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