Seattle, WA – October 20, 2010 – During this time of concern about urban stress and its effect on ecological and human sustainability in our city, intergenerational and intercultural unity, neighborhood vitality, and growing interest in traditional approaches to healing and indigenous foodways as a means of reclaiming health and balance, the native plants in the Bernie Whitebear Memorial Ethnobotanical Garden have much to reveal to us about the past and possibly our future.
The Bernie Whitebear Memorial Ethnobotanical Garden (located directly behind the Daybreak Star United Indians of All Tribes Cultural Center in Discovery Park) is a learning garden that contains a treasure of over 60 species of native plants. These plants are key to supporting the health, welfare, and traditions of the Coast Salish and other indigenous people of our region.
The Bernie Whitebear Memorial Ethnobotanical Garden was created seven years ago to honor the Native American leader whose courage and vision led to the forming of the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation, as well as, the building of the Daybreak Star Cultural Center and Sacred Circle Gallery in Discovery Park in Seattle’s Magnolia Neighborhood.
Over the next six months, Friends of Bernie Whitebear Garden Improvement Project will be making the Garden and the significance of the native plants that grow there more accessible to all. Stay tuned for ways you can become involved.