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Indigenous Ethnobotany and Medicine: Home

This guide serves as a portal for researching Indigenous ethnobotany and medicine and was created for the Our Stories, Our Medicine Archive (OSOMA) project.


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Our Stories, Our Medicine Archive (OSOMA) is a community-based, community-owned archive that foregrounds traditional Indigenous health knowledge and their implications for improving chronic diseases. At its core, OSOMA is designed to create an archive that centers traditional Indigenous knowledge in construction and management of intellectual property, cultural artifacts, genealogy and health information. 

In collaboration with the University of Denver Library, DU Graduate School of Social Work Associate Professor, Dr. Ramona Beltrán has designed OSOMA to embrace oral history as a tool for repatriating and preserving individual, family, and community health knowledge and highlighting strengths despite legacies of historical trauma and ongoing discrimination.

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Osha (Bear Root)

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