Significance of Native Plants in Native American Traditions

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Date(s) - 10/16/2017
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Calvin College Bunker Interpretive Center



Bio: Kevin is an educator and cultural historian whose focus is the life and history of Native Americans of the Great Lakes region. His organization, Great Lakes Lifeways Institute, “was founded in 2009 with a vision to embrace our region’s rich cultural and biological diversity, to draw strength from our roots and to enrich the lives of residents of West Michigan and broader Great Lakes Region through cultivating a sense of place.” 

The Institute’s mission: “To preserve and share the heritage of the land, traditions, arts and culture of the Great Lakes Region as an enrichment of our communities and an investment in future generations.”

For information and fun facts about Kevin, visit MLive Kevin Finny Profile


Program Description

We are all learning about the impact our native flora has on our native fauna, but what do those same plants mean to the indigenous people of Michigan? Join us as we learn about the role native plants played in cooking, healing, spirituality and other Native American traditions. We will also hear about ongoing efforts to preserve some of this rich cultural and biological heritage.

Indian Pipe – The fleshy plant was pulverized and mixed with water for an eye lotion. Also called Ghost flower or Corpse plant.


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