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Plants, People & Beyond

Library-Botany lecture series highlights Miami Tribe

March 9, 2011
Story by Marissa Chavez, OSU Library Communications Intern

For Immediate Release

STILLWATER -This year’s Plants, People and Beyond, Annual Library-Botany Lecture Series, will highlight the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and the role of plants in their culture.

The event will be held 3:30 p.m., Friday, April 1 in the Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room, Edmon Low Library. Daryl Baldwin, director of the Myaamia Project, Miami University, Ohio will present “iši kiihkeelintamaanki ašiihkiwi: How we know the land, an ecological perspective.” Baldwin’s presentation will look at how the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma integrates their ecological knowledge into educational programs through their traditional language and culture.

Like many indigenous groups, the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma has a long history as a people with an intimate connection to place. As an ecologically based culture, their traditional ecological knowledge plays a key role in the education of their youth. Much of this knowledge includes the extensive use of plants.

Daryl Baldwin is a citizen of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma. He continues this dedication through his work in language and cultural revitalization. Over the last 15 years he has worked with the Myaamia people developing culture and language based educational materials and programs. Daryl graduated in 1999 from The University of Montana with a Masters in Arts with emphasis in Native American linguistics.

Event sponsors include Center for Oklahoma Studies, Friends of the OSU Library, Native American Student Association, Oklahoma Native Plant Society-Cross Timbers Chapter, OSU Botany Department, OSU Botanical Society, OSU Library, OSU Zoology Department and W.P. Wood Professorship of Library Service.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. For more information on this or other OSU Library events, visit www.library.okstate.edu/news.

Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant system that cuts across disciplines to better prepare students for a new world. Oklahoma's only university with a statewide presence, OSU improves the lives of people in Oklahoma, the nation, and the world through integrated, high-quality teaching, research and outreach. OSU has more than 32,000 students across its five-campus system and nearly 21,000 on its Stillwater campus; with students from all 50 states and about 110 nations. Established in 1890, OSU has graduated more than 200,000 students who have made a lasting impact on Oklahoma and the world. CREATE - INNOVATE - EDUCATE - GO STATE!

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URL: http://www.library.okstate.edu/news/spring11/plants.htm
Last Updated: 9 March 2011

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Email: lib-pub@okstate.edu
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