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Unlock the power of Alaska's plants


David Washburn/Senior Voice

Do you know which Alaskan plants are useful for eating and healing?

The Third Annual Alaskan Plants as Food and Medicine Symposium will take place in the Anchorage area August 7-9. The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium sponsors the event and says they strive for a statewide reach and encourage participation from a diverse range of community roles – traditional healers, medical providers, public health educators and researchers, instructors, culture/language bearers, elders and youth, tribal leaders, traditional hunter/gatherers, policy makers and lands management officials.

The objectives of the symposium:

• List ways Alaskan plants can be used as food and medicine

• Understand the cultural significance of Alaskan plants for health and well-being

• Describe ways to respectfully gather, process, prepare, store, use and distribute Alaskan plants

• Discuss how to be respectful of traditional plant knowledge

• Encourage the use and protection of local food resources in a way that will benefit future generations.

Advance registration is closed, however registration at the door opens at 8 a.m., Aug. 7. Cost for elders is $150.

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