Curators, Keepers, and Sleeping Seeds: How can Historical and Archaeological Seed Collections Contribute to the Revival of Traditional Agriculture?

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Thursday, 25 April, 2024 - 12:15 to 13:15
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Natalie Mueller - Washington University in St. Louis, Charlie Miksicek
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Museums and botanical gardens contain a wealth of information about culturally significant plants. They also contain the seeds of these plants, which are considered by many Indigenous people to be living kin. This roundtable discussion will bring together seed keepers and growers who are trying to revive or preserve their communities’ traditional relationships with plants with scientists and curators from various fields to ask: How can these collections of sleeping seeds be awakened?