November 17, 2011

Dr. Lawrence Millman Presents Northern Fungi Talk

I ran into Dr. Millman this evening at the Concord Public Library and he passed along this invitation.
Fungus man - a drawing of a carving by Charles Edenshaw in the late 1800s 
depicting the Haida myth of the origin of women
Courtesy of the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago
"How to Banish Evil Spirits:
Uses of Fungi by Northern Peoples"

Friday, November 18, 8 pm
 (7 pm cash bar and social hour) 

Doubletree Guest Suites Hotel, Allston, MA
Hosted by the New England Chapter of the Explorer's Club
$10 donation requested

Explorer, author, and mycologist Lawrence Millman will talk about the various ways northern indigenous people use mushrooms - as fire starters, smudges, disinfectants, tobacco substitutes, but almost never as food.  The talk will include an introduction to ethnomycology (the cultural uses of mushrooms), a display of various mushrooms important in northern cultures, and a demonstration of how the Siberian Chukchi use polypores to rid their homes of evil spirits.

1 comment:

  1. Your picture at the top is fantastic. You don't often see a photo with such depth