Sorcerers’ Apprentices

Last-Ditch Efforts Hope to Preserve Knowledge of Medicinal Plants

As the modern world encroaches upon indigenous cultures around the world, native young people, sept up in the tide of seductive media and consumer goods, are increasingly trading in traditional lifestyles for modern ones. Unfortunately, in casting aside their rich heritage, they may also be losing stores of valuable undocumented knowledge. No wonder—all the while the WEstern world has been labelling them primitve while quietly appropriating their knowledge, particularly about medicinal plants, offering neither acknowledgement nor compensation.