Sharing the Knowledge: Highlighting the impact on indigenous healers of Sonora during cultural exchange with visitors

Date and Time: 
Friday, 18 March, 2016 - 13:45
, John

Located in Northwest Mexico, the state of Sonora hosts a wide array of indigenous peoples of varying linguistic groups. Amongst these many tribes there still exists a form of traditional healing, often incorporating the local flora as medicine. Due to the increased presence of pharmaceuticals, the usage of many of these remedies has been in steady decline over the past several decades. Through cultural exchange these indigenous healers can explore an outlet for sharing as well as reviving their traditional healing practices. Additionally, the economic incentive is substantial in contrast to their available earning opportunities. The author has led groups on cultural exchanges with two indigenous families of herbalists in Sonora, Mexico over the past 7 years.