By Jean Pocha

Ethnobotany Walk explores connection to local flora


Jean Pocha, Pathfinder

Tim Ryan (left) discussing the indigenous uses for labrador tea, a plant that grows in the Seeley area.

SEELEY LAKE - Ethnobotany is the study of the interrelation between traditional knowledge and customs of a people concerning plants and their medical, religious and other uses. The Salish people have a culture thousands of years old consisting in part of interrelations with native plants in the Seeley-Swan area. 

Tim Ryan, Department Head of Culture and Language Studies at Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, Montana, shared his knowledge of the Salish people on an Ethnobotany Walk along the Clearwater Canoe Trail and through Girard Grove June 22. More than 20 people attended the event hosted...

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