The Land Memory Bank & Seed Exchange is building a community record of the unique coastal cultures and native ecology, present in the challenged wetlands of southeast Louisiana. This experiential project is dedicated to inspiring and actualizing Mississippi River Delta preservation, restoration and adaptations through cultural happenings, strategic installations and as a digital archive.

Upcoming Events :

On Remembering: A Conversation with Monique Verdin
and Rachel Breunlin in honor of Indigenous Peoples Day

October 12th at 10 AM Newcomb Art Museum and the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South will release the recorded conversation. At 6 PM on Indigenous People’s Day, we will go LIVE with a Zoom Q&A with the presenters. Email museum@tulane.edu to register for this event and receive the Zoom link.

BOTANICA : PART II : Dr. Tammy Greer

Join us for Botanica : Part II
with Medicine Keeper & Citizen of the United Houma Nation, Dr. Tammy Greer, OCT 13 from 6:30-8pm.

Dr. Tammy Greer has been stewarding a medicine wheel garden for over a decade. We are excited to hear stories of helping this garden grown up, and the lessons she has learned along the way about long-term commitments to plants. We will also have an opportunity to learn about important plant knowledge used by Southeastern American Indians such as Yaupon, Sunflowers, Goldenrod, Sumac, and others. She will also share her work preserving traditional dyes.

Botanica is a multi-racial/ethnic collaboration that pulls together storytellers, scholars, herbalists, museums, artists, and gardeners to cross-pollinate knowledge of ethnobotany across communities in south Louisiana. The project is designed by The Land Memory Bank & Seed Exchange and The Neighborhood Story Project to honor the life work of our collaborators, and to share their knowledge with the region and beyond.

At the heart of this project is the idea of reciprocal sharing—introducing traditional Indigenous knowledge of plants that Houma communities have been preserved in gardens with the region, and for healers in other communities to healing plants within the bayou communities.

It is our hope that this project will create bridges between communities who have been segregated from one another to create long-lasting relationships. The work will include oral histories, portraits, photographs of plants and their healing properties, and recipes.

Thanks to Jonathan Mayers for creating a beautiful series of artwork to accompany our conversations…

More BOTANICA Events this Fall:

ALL SAINTS at the Backstreet Cultural Museum
NOV 1

Part 3: Bvlbancha Collective conversation about indigenous mutual aid medicine making and propagating
NOV 10

Part 4: Herbalist and co-owner of Maypop Herb Shop, Rachael Reeves, on connecting healing plants to communities
NOV 17

Part 5 : Bruce Sunpie Barnes, former National Park Ranger who spent many of his 30 years of service in the bayou country of Barataria, sharing swamp mushroom knowledge and healing plants
NOV 24

All talks are free and open to the public, but you must register to attend.

6:30-8pm

Botanica is sponsored by the Bayou Culture Collaborative, a partnership between the Louisiana’s Folklore Society and the Louisiana Division of the Arts Folklife Program.

The Land Memory Bank Collective emerged out of a series of informal salons focused on environmental and cultural information sharing and solution seeking in the Mississippi River Delta.

Monique Verdin (Houma), interdisciplinary artist and Saint Bernard Parish resident, is director the Memory Bank and Seed Exchange. Collective partners and collaborators include, School House 4 ReImagining Education, The Neighborhood Story Project, Tulane University’s A Studio in the Woods, Artspot Productions, Mondo Bizarro, Hamline University’s Center for Global Environmental Education, Common Ground Relief, The Delta Collective, The Meraux Foundation and Another Gulf is Possible.

The Land Memory Bank & Seed Exchange is sowing seeds and growing roots.

Please let us know if you would like to join us in creating a community-built record for and by the people of the Mississippi River Delta. Contact us : landmemorybank@gmail.com

Land Memory Bank & Seed Exchange is a program of Another Gulf is Possible and has been supported by  :

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