Hidden Garden has been collecting information about the local medicinal plants for many years. In our field trips to the Bri Bri Indigenous Territory nearby, we have found a lack of access to ethnobotanical research and modern taxonomy. This project seeks to remedy this situation by organization scientific information about the plants most used by the Bri Bri, including their terminology, the scientific taxonomy and the local names in Spanish, Patois and English when available. This information will be printed in an easy-to-use, emplasticated guide which will be distributed throughout the Bri Bri territory.
The team at Hidden Garden has created a customized methodology and a database to organize the information collected through interviews in the community. As a second phase of the project, project participants will visit Indigenous groups to teach them how to use the web to access information on plants, including the database we create.
Our garden manager, Maycol Hernandez, is the primary interviewer for this project. Due to his Bri Bri heritage, many of Maycol’s family members have agreed to share their ancestral knowledge and personal experience with our project. Simultaneously, Maycol is learning basics principles of ethnobotany and project management. If you would like to donate to this project please visit our gofundme site for more information.
Academic Advisers: Rafael Ocampo, Marc Williams, Jane Segleau Earle