Lecture: Roots in Appalachia
Appalachia has a rich history of folk magic practices based in the plant world. Focusing on the roots of May Apple, Poke, Sassafras, Adam and Eve root and more, we’ll examine how their folk medicinal and magical uses emerged and continue on in our dark hollers.
Becky Beyer is a farmer, woodcarver, herbalist, witch, and illustrator from Asheville, NC. She holds a B.S. in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Vermont and has been learning and teaching in the Primitive Skills community for the last 5 years. She currently teaches at Appalachian State University in Western North Carolina. Her passions include natural horsemanship, organic gardening with heirloom vegetables, botanical illustration and writing her blog: Blood and Spicebush. She is currently working towards a PhD in Ethnobotany and creating a reference book on the folk use of medicinal plants in the Southern Appalachians and in designing a course on Traditional Witchcraft from historical perspectives.