Under this heading we are assembling pages about plants and their ethnic significance over time, such as our pages on:

  • Maize/Corn
  • Cacao & Chocolate
  • Cacti & Cochineal
  • Herbs & Medicines
  • Dye Plants
  • Amatl Tree (for paper making)

Here are some general resources about teaching ethnobotany:

  • This extensive website offers NINE “downloadable teaching modules,” each one with extensive resources, handouts, and recommended activities.  These lessons are not about Oaxaca or Mesoamerica, but they could be adapted.

The Oaxaca Ethnobotanical Garden was founded in Oaxaca City by the design of artist Francisco Toledo and under the direction of Alejandro de Ávila Blomberg. A tour of the garden was taken by Vinny Civarelli Jr., There are 13 videos, each containing great content about the garden as well as some history behind it, such as the discovery of 10,000 year old squash seeds. Each section of the garden is dedicated to an aspect of the the plants significance to Oaxaca. Some background city noise interferes with the tour guide’s voice so please turn your volume up accordingly.