CFI hosts herbalist speaker in Bluff
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In a partnership with the Utah Department of Arts & Humanities, Canyonlands Field Institute will host “A Lightning Struck Tree: Finding Sacred Belonging through Native Ways of Knowing,” an evening with Lupita McClanahan, on June 20 from 7:30 to 9p.m. at Recapture Lodge in Bluff.

The self-proclaimed “helper of herbalists,” McClanahan, will be sharing her traditional knowledge of plants. Her stories illuminate how an awareness of one’s surroundings, including the four basic elements, can create a positive connection with the environment, according to a press release from CFI.

McClanahan, director of Footpath Journeys, is a member of the Diné (Navajo) Tribe, the largest in the United States, and worked for many years as a park ranger at Canyon de Chelly. By sharing the knowledge that has been passed down through generations, she aspires to reveal the foundations of connection that cannot be gleaned from information in books. McClanahan is bringing her expertise to CFI’s Native Teen Guide-in-Training program, sponsored by the Val A. Browning Foundation, which connects native youth to public lands and with native experts who provide traditional teachings in addition to preparing participants with hard skills they can apply to future careers. RSVP to

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