Grafting the Grape Virtual Lecture Series: Choctaw Foodways
July 27, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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The Missouri Botanical Garden is sponsoring the Grafting the Grape online program series in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council and with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Grafting the Grape: Choctaw Foodways
Presentation and discussion on Choctaw foodways with Choctaw Nation Tribal Preservation Officer Dr. Ian Thompson on the use of grapes and other plants and animals in the Choctaw Nation, from pre-contact to the present. Dr. Thompson will also present on the indigenous knowledge and land management principles.

Ian Thompson, Ph.D., began learning how to chip stone arrowheads from his uncle at the age of seven. Through his youth, Ian learned a variety of Choctaw traditional arts including hidework and archery. Balancing his cultural education with a western education, Ian completed his Ph.D. at the University of New Mexico, and is both a Registered Professional Archaeologist and a Tribal Council-certified community language and culture instructor. Currently, he serves as Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and as President of the Oklahoma Bison Association. For the past 12 years, Dr. Thompson’s research has focused on the revitalization of the Indigenous Choctaw foodways as an avenue for improving health and quality of life for community members.

ASL interpretation and live captioning provided for each program. Presentations will be recorded for later viewing on the Garden's YouTube channel.

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