About Us

Mission

The Herbal Anthropology Project preserves and protects indigenous traditional medicine by documenting its use through direct collaboration with indigenous cultures, to safeguard the knowledge of traditional medicine and its continued use.

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Board of Directors and Officers Bios

The Herbal Anthropology Project consists of a team of radical visionaries stemming from all over the globe with expertise in entrepreneurship, herbal medicine, ethnobotany, social change, integrative medicine, dance, art, music, and indigenous culture preservation.

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Intellectual Property (IP)

Traditional Knowledge (TK) provides “indigenous peoples and local communities with a sense of identity. It is continuously evolving and dynamic, holistic in its conception and is a strong component of the cultural heritage of indigenous a peoples and local communities” (WIPO, 21). Intellectual Property (IP) which is legally protected TK by indigenous peoples, local communities and some governments, is defined as “forms of creativity and innovation, such as traditional remedies and indigenous paintings and music” (WIPO, 6). We safeguard this information in order to preserve TK and IP for future generations, establishing IP rights to the community and/or increasing cultural preservation and sustainability. This purpose is carefully determined through direct interaction with each community and is outlined in our detailed and continuously evolving agreements with the community members. Because the documentation process alone may alter the indigenous peoples rights to recorded materials, it is vital to our mission to safeguard the knowledge of traditional medicine and encourage its continued use in the most vulnerable communities (WIPO, 2012).

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Vulnerable Community Criteria

Over 40 percent of the world’s 6,000 languages are disappearing at an alarming rate. As language vanishes around the world, we lose a vast amount of cultural heritage, including botanical heritage. The World Oral Literature Project (2013), started by the University of CambridgeYale, beautifully describes the sanctity of cultural transmission through oral literature and traditions:

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