Angela Kingsawan: Materia Medica of the Ancients: Connecting to Beauty, Blessings, and Breath

Upcoming Events
Saturday, October 9, 2021, 1-3 pm: HOME: Cultural Plant Walks with Angela Kingsawan
Saturday, November 13, 2021, 1-3 pm: HOME: Cultural Plant Walks with Angela Kingsawan

Herbs deeply embody human history and cultures from around the world. They hold memories of people, places, and events and serve as visual reminders of the Original Agreements formed between humans and nature from long ago. This project will explore the complex relationship between people and plants through themes of ethnicity and cultural understanding across different historical periods. At its center is an installation in which visitors will be transported through time while exploring a medicine garden and herbal workshop. Handcrafted herbal catalogs documenting properties of the wide array of herbs contained in the medicine garden will be available for viewing. Interactive herbal workshops, food demos, and plant walks will also be offered.

About the Artist
Angela Kingsawan is an Indigenous person of Raramuri, Tigua, and Mexica descent. Angela has been a Community Health Worker for many years and draws on her experience as an herbalist, yogini, reiki practitioner, full-spectrum doula, writer, artist, and mother to help uplift Communities of Culture throughout Wisconsin. Materia Medica of the Ancients: Connecting to Beauty, Blessings, and Breath draws on Angela’s personal journey of decolonization and cross-cultural learning to honor Indigenous teachings from around the globe.


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