Beyond Colonial Notions: New Plant Kinships with Nikki Bass & Justin Robinson

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Wednesday, May 25, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Native Americans had countless uses for native plant species from food to medicine and cultural practices.

Justin Robinson and Nikki Bass will discuss some of the relationships of indigenous peoples with native Virginia plants. They will also discuss the disruption of complex eco-sphere connections caused by European settlers and what we can do about it today

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Nikki Bass is a Nansemond Indian scientist focused on cultural revitalization through environmental stewardship. She weaves traditional and modern indigenous perspectives into interdisciplinary projects that immerse communities in living tribal landscapes and waterways.

Over the past decade, she has dedicated her efforts to the Great Dismal Swamp and the Nansemond River as sites of historical and cultural significance to the Nansemond people.

Justin Robinson is an 8th generation Afro-Carolinian who grew up exploring the woods and rivers around him. He is the descendant of sharecroppers and large landowners and is constantly exploring the complex relationship that people have with our plant relatives.

He has a Masters of Science in Forestry from North Carolina State University and carries on the ethnobotany work of his grandfather, J.G. Johnson, and his great-uncles, Henry Warren and Sam Robinson.


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  1. Kurt Burkhart on May 24, 2022 at 9:53 am

    My 11th great grandfather is Wahunsunacock, and as a Piedmont Master Gardener, I am quite interested in this subject.

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