Weatherford Democrat

May 3, 2013

Next Native Plant Society of Texas meeting to discuss plants used by Native American Indians


Weatherford Democrat

— The Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas will host a May 9th lecture about plants used by Native American Indians.

The program, presented by Curtis Carter, will begin at 7 p.m. at the Harberger Community Center, 701 Narrow St., in Weatherford. Please note the change in location from last month. The public is welcome.

Carter has been an educator in public schools for 24 years. He currently teaches Biology at Springtown High School. He has had a lifelong fascination with Native American culture and history, specializing in Cheyenne material culture of the 19th century. As an avid replicator and experimental archeologist, Carter researches, makes and then uses the tools, clothing, foods, etc., used during the mid-1800s. As an experimental archeologist, he has a high degree of insight into the daily lives of Plains Indian people from this time period.

An important part of Plains Indian life was the use of plants from their environment. Ethno-botany of the Plains Indian culture has become an integral part of his research. Throughout the year he shares his knowledge at schools, museums, historic sites and other venues. He will be discussing the use of several plants used by Plains Indian people, focusing primarily on yucca.

The Cross Timbers Chapter of the NPSOT meets second Thursday of the month (except July and December) at our new location, Cherry Park Community Center, 313 Davis St. (west side of Cherry Park) in Weatherford. Its mission is to promote the conservation, research, and utilization of native plants and plant habitats in Texas through education, outreach, and example.

For more information visit http://npsot.org/CrossTimber or contact Eileen Porter at 817-596-5567.

The public is welcome, and light refreshments will be served.