On the Northwest Coast, long before colonization, Indigenous peoples managed and modified coastal landscapes through practices such as proscribed burns, the creation of terraced gardens, and the management of individual plants or plant communities (such as weeding or pruning). In this short course, we will learn about various forms of traditional plant management, with a specific focus on estuary root gardens as a case study. We will also touch on how the dismissal of indigenous plant cultivation by early colonial arrivals and anthropologists has had an enduring impact on our understanding of subsistence practices on the Northwest Coast – and how we are just starting to rectify these mistakes.
A full course refund will only be provided if you withdraw from the course prior to the course start date. A refund, less a $15 administrative fee, will be issued if you withdraw within 6 calendar days after the official course start date. Depending on your method of payment, a refund will be either mailed to you or credited to your credit card.