Cultivating Relationality: Twenty Years in the Longhouse Ethnobotanical Garden at Evergreen

ELOHEIMO, Marja - Evergreen State College

This presentation revisits the Longhouse Ethnobotanical Garden at The Evergreen State College in Washington State twenty years after its inception. These years have presented resistance, required resilience, and demonstrated the powerful role an ethnobotanical garden can play as a teacher of relationality. In this presentation, eco-cultural-social relationality is discussed, teaching associated with the garden (and a forthcoming Indigenous Arts Campus) is described, and relational student outcomes are explored in several areas including identity and place, agency in community-based healthcare, concepts of medicine, and Indigenous authority.  Student voice is heard.