Presentation on Native American Herbal Medicine Coming to Library

Native American Herbalist Misty Cook Presenting at Library April 12

EXPLORE – On Thursday, April 12 at 7 p.m., Misty Cook Native American herbalist and author of ”Medicine Generations, Natural Native American Medicines Traditional to the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans Indian Tribe,” will speak at the Everett Roehl Marshfield Public Library. Cook will lead a discussion about Native American herbs and natural healing.

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The People from the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans Indian Tribe have always used Medicines derived from natural plants for health and healing that has helped sustain the tribe through their cultural ways. Misty Cook (Davids) has documented through oral tradition Native American herbal medicines that have been told through stories in her family within the tribe.

This program is one of many activities surrounding the Wisconsin Reads: The Round House. This NEA Big Read project is a collaboration of University of Wisconsin Colleges and Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community Colleges’ students, faculty, and staff, as well as public libraries in Rice Lake, Hayward/LCO, Marshfield, Baraboo, Waukesha and Milwaukee.

The purpose is to bring communities around the state together to discuss Louise Erdrich’s The Round House. Written in the voice of a thirteen-year-old boy named Joe, whose mother has been brutally raped, the novel explores the impact of the rape on family members and the tribal community in particular, as well as the larger issue of sexual assault on Native American women.

With discussions, films, lectures, art exhibits, and story-telling workshops on university campuses and public libraries in April of 2018, the project provides programming for area youth, who will be introduced to Erdrich’s children’s novel The Birchbark House, as well as her poetry. With over 70 events around the state, the project also features an eBook of The Round House, which will be available to anyone who would like to participate in Wisconsin during the Big Read period.

Online resources for groups, individuals, and classrooms outside of the participating communities will also be provided through the Wisconsin Reads The Round House NEA Big Read website and through the UW Colleges.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) designed to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. The University of Wisconsin Colleges is one of 75 not-for-profit organizations to receive a grant to host an NEA Big Read project between September 2017 and June 2018. The NEA presents NEA Big Read in partnership with Arts Midwest. Locally, the project is supported by Marshfield Area Community Foundation, Friends of the Marshfield Public Library, Marshfield Public Library Foundation and UW-Marshfield/Wood County.

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