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Who is Tobacco? Ways of Seeing This Twilight Plant
Occidental Center for the Arts, Botanical Dimensions Ethnobotany Library
Occidental, CA
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Domesticated from the wild by indigenous people of South America, tobacco has been a sacred tool for native people for millennia. In the animist view, tobacco is both powerful prayer medicine and a very tricky spirit being. It the took the European colonizers by storm when they discovered it in the Americas in the early 1500s, after which it swept around the world. We are still vacillating in that confusion  foul taboo or sacred ally? Lets look at various tobacco species and their traditional roles, myths and powers. We will weigh our personal experience in these times, trying out different ways of thinking about this complex presence in our collective lives. For instance, what about this 'new' marriage of tobacco and cannabis? Ethnobotanist Kathleen Harrison has a long and thoughtful relationship to Nicotiana species, based on her fieldwork with native peoples and her personal explorations of plants on the edge of acceptability.

Kathleen Harrison is an ethnobotanist and educator, who has been doing fieldwork among indigenous cultures, and amidst West Coast subcultures, since the 1970s. She specializes in studies of plants and fungi that are used in ritual, healing, art, and story. Kat is well-known for her work with traditional psychoactive species and their lore. She directs the Ethnobotany Library in Occidental, CA, as the hub of the non-profit organization, Botanical Dimensions, which she co-founded in 1985. She teaches classes there, and internationally, on a wide range of topics that pattern traditional and contemporary plant-human relations.

*Cancellation policy: Full refunds can only be granted if attendee notifies Botanical Dimensions of withdrawal 10 days in advance of the day of the class. If attendee gives less than 10 days notice, we regret that no refund is possible. If Botanical Dimensions needs to cancel a class for any reason, we will notify you as soon as possible (at least 1 day prior to the event) and you will receive a full refund, less the servicing fee charged to you by Brown Paper Tickets.

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Apr 21, 2018 10:00 AM

Admission Level Price Remaining Quantity
General Registration $110.00 ($114.84 w/service fee) 16
General Registration  
Ethnobotany Library Members $99.00 ($103.46 w/service fee) 16
Price for Ethnobotany Library Members  
Class + Library Membership $134.00 ($139.68 w/service fee) 16
Discounted class price with purchase of one-year Membership to the Ethnobotany Library  



Occidental Center for the Arts, Botanical Dimensions Ethnobotany Library (View)
3830 Doris Murphy Court (Graton Rd & Bohemian Hwy)
Occidental, CA 95465
United States

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