Northern Cheyenne Ethnobotany Project: Identifying Current Plant Use Knowledge for Treating Chronic Disease among Citizens of the Northern Cheyenne Nation—by Joan Hantz
This project is being funded by Idea Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE). The National Institutes of Health awarded this grant to Montana State University – Bozeman in support of this project. Chief Dull Knife College has received a sub-award and is working collaboratively with MSU. This study is the ascertain the current state of plant use knowledge and practice as it relates to chronic disease among citizens of the Northern Cheyenne Nation; and, to identify and support initiatives that may renew Northern Cheyenne ethnobotanical customary practices. Approximately, 25 elders will be interviewed to gather traditional plant knowledge. Interviewing will begin in January of 2014. The goal is to conduct research on the identification of traditional plants and their current use by members of the Northern Cheyenne Nation who currently reside on the reservation. Wednesday, December 11, 2013 Chief Dull Knife College hosted a lunch for elders in the community to inform them of the Ethnobotical project. The College is seeking potential Northern Cheyenne members that could possibly be interviewed to gather plant use knowledge. Anthony Whitedirt is the student intern for the Ethnobotan project. Anthony is compiling plant names, uses, photos and the Cheyenne name and creating a database with the information.