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Using Native Plants and Trees in the Way of the Early Cherokee and Muscogee Tribes

February 18, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


“Using Native Plants and Trees in the Way of the Early Cherokee and Muscogee Tribes”

The West Georgia Chapter of the Georgia Native Plant Society hosts Mark Warren, author, environmental educator, and owner of Medicine Bow Wilderness School on February 18 at 6:30pm. Mark has been teaching nature and Native American primitive skills to adults and children for more than 40 years. He will give a slide presentation on how some of the most common native plants and trees were used by the Cherokee and Muscogee for food, medicine, insect repellent, crafts, shelter and fire. Mark will bring along some handmade crafts for viewing and discussion.

Mark believes today’s society can — and should — learn some valuable lessons and skills from those native people who inhabited the southeastern part of the United States hundreds of years before European explorers ever landed on its shores.

Quote from Mark, “All of us who live in the northern third of Georgia reside on land that once belonged to the Cherokee or Muskogee tribes. While these native people led lives of intense daily interaction with their natural surroundings, most folks today have reduced nature to a backdrop of scenery. The great deficit in this scenario is our lack of understanding that we still depend upon nature. That dependency is largely hidden to us, especially to the new generations that come along to take over the ‘rules’ of how we behave with nature — air to breathe, water to drink, energy to consume for our daily actions. These are commodities that are easy to take for granted. If taken for granted, humans will have no reason to respect and conserve the pieces of the puzzle we call ecology.”

Mark has packed 40+ years of teaching and knowledge into a four-volume series of books titled “The Secrets of the Forest,” which he wrote with three purposes in mind: “To provide clear instructions in primitive survival skills for anyone wanting to better his/her self-sufficiency in the wilderness . . . by learning the old Indian ways of living comfortably in the forest; to offer parents, teachers, Scout leaders and outdoor educators a guide to engage their students in nature . . . at a time when our young ones so desperately need this connection, as does nature itself; [and] to win over a new generation of environmental advocates who will look after this world.

The “Meet and Greet” will begin at 6:30, and Mark’s program will follow at 7pm.

For more information about Mark, his classes and his books, please check out his website at www.medicinebow.net

This program is hosted by the West Georgia Chapter of the Georgia Native Plant Society http://wgawildflowers.org/


February 18, 2020
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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