Gwich'in Ethnobotany Project
Principal Investigator: Fehr, Alan (3)
Licence Number: 12938
Organization: Aurora Research Institute
Licensed Year(s): 1997
Issued: Jul 24, 1997
Project Team: Alestine Andre, Elders

Objective(s): Traditionally, Gwich'in people obtained their food, tools and medicines form the land. Animals provided much of the raw materials necessary for survival, but so too did many of the plants in the area. In this study, the Inuvik Research Centre (InRC) and Gwich'in Social and Cultural Institute plan to document the traditional uses of local plants in the Gwich'in Settlement area, and develop educational materials that will help promote their use.

Project Description: Elders, students and researchers will work together to document the food value and medicinal use of plants. Each month, elders from each community (Aklavik, Fort McPherson, Inuvik and Tsiigehtchic) will spend two days collecting and preserving plants. The students and researchers will assist them, plus photograph the plants and record Elder's comments about each plant. After each field trip the specimens will be pressed in preparation for mounting on cardboard. At the end of the season the collections will be organized into kits for use in schools. A report of the Elders information, and photographs will also be prepared.