Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Foraging for Medicinal and Edible Plants with Linda and Luke Black Elk

In honor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Monday, October 10, 2022, Linda and Luke Black Elk will take you on a foraging walk at the MSUM Regional Science Center. Linda and Luke specialize in teaching about culturally important plants and their uses as food and medicine. During the walk, they will show us medicinal and edible plants/herbs located around the science center. Using plants and herbs from the walk, they will demonstrate how to make medicine soup and herb tea.

Linda and Luke Black Elk are food sovereignty activists and teachers of traditional plant uses, gardening, food preservation, and foraging. They spend their time collecting and preparing traditional foods and medicines for Indigenous peoples and communities in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and beyond. They also get their three sons involved in this amazing work so they may learn about the importance of feeding themselves and their communities with food and medicine that nourishes and heals mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

Linda is a descendent of the Catawba Nation and is the Food Sovereignty Coordinator at United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, ND. Luke is member of the Cheyenne River Lakota Nation.

TWO SESSIONS – RSVP on Dragon Central (Transportation available for MSUM students, staff, and faculty):

9:30 – 11:30 a.m. (9 a.m. pickup in M-5 lot, noon return to campus)

1 – 3 p.m. (12:30 pickup in M-5 lot, 3:30 return to campus)

This event is FREE and open to the public. 

Sponsored by the American Indian Student Association, George Soule American Indian Center, and the Office of Diversity & Inclusion.