Past Event

Glenn Shepard - Botanies of Desire

April 3, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Event Description: 

Is beauty in the nose of the beholder? A comparative study of olfaction and ethnobotany among indigenous peoples across the Amazon basin reveals the central role of plant fragrances in native concepts of sexual attraction, health, and well-being. Not merely a cue for identifying plants, odor is fundamental in indigenous peoples’ understandings of illness, healing, and social and spiritual relationships among humans and different non-human beings.

Event Speaker:

Glenn H. Shepard Jr, Full Staff Researcher in Ethnology at Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi in Brazil

Event Information: 

This event will be held virtually. Free and open to the public, please register via the event webpage. Hosted by the New York Botanical Garden

A recording of this presentation will be archived and shared online in the NYBG Humanities Institute Lecture Library.