Special Events and Intensive Workshops

Cannabis and Cancer
with Dr Jody E Noé MS, ND
Saturday, September 24th 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
$85/$75 for members

Cannabis has been found to help cancer patients with pain and nausea, and recent research indicates it has tumor-reducing and anti-carcinogenic properties as well. It has proven highly effective at controlling the nausea associated with chemotherapy, and its appetite-stimulation properties help combat wasting. Cannabis can also help control the pain associated with some cancers, as well as that resulting from radiation and chemotherapy treatment. In this class we will look at Cannabis as a palliative treatment for side effects as well as a primary treatment for cancer as cannabis oils.

Dr. Jody Noé, a graduate of Old Dominion University and Bastyr University, is the author of the Textbook of Integrative Naturopathic Oncology. Dr. Noé is also an adjunct professor at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine, Bridgeport, CT and is the founder of the Integrative Oncology Clinic at UBCNM. Dr. Noé was also trained in Traditional Cherokee medicine and practices naturopathic family medicine, integrative oncology and Cherokee medicine in her private practice in Pawcatuck, CT. 

SOLD OUT | Wabanaki Ethnobotany: Food and Medicine
a year-long course with Dr. Frederick M. Wiseman
one Monday a month, February through November, 2016
$135 (classes can be taken individually at $17 per class)

For students enrolled in this course, please note that there are two separate sessions. Dates are listed below for individual classes for each session. Please call 802-224-7100 if you are interested in taking an individual class. 

Green Corn Season: The Role of Story, Music, Dance and Food In Community Well Being
Session 1: Monday, September 26th 6-9 pm

The most important ceremony of the Abenaki Horticultural/Ritual Calendar is the Green Corn Ceremony. Join Prof. Wiseman as he shares his studies into the origins of the ceremony that seem embedded in half-forgotten legends of the Abenaki Creation Time, and encoded in the controversial Corn Song. He will then discuss the revival of the Green Corn Ceremony by the Abenaki Koasek Tribe in the Newbury VT/Haverhill, NH area. It includes learning the music, making the regalia and ceremonial accouterments and practicing the choreography and oratory. However, the Green Corn Feast, and its taboos and protocols as well as its socio-nutritional characteristics are the “food as medicine” focus of the day’s activities. Lastly he will share music and videos of the Green Corn Ceremony as it is up and running today and how it contributes to community healing and well-being.

Harvest Season and Orthorexia nervosa: The Ethnobotany of Indigenous Foodways in Eating and Medicating One’s Identity
Session 1: Monday, October 24th 6-9 pm

Ethnobotanists have studied the culture and environmental psychology that lies behind food (and medicine) choice. These researches had led to the development of some important theory regarding how, when, where and why we eat — of which nutrition forms but a small component! Prof. Wiseman will look at Indigenous food choice/cuisine and what we may consider drugs from a scientific “optimization” perspective as well as an Indigenous community-based perspective. Using examples from modern Anglo-American life, as well as Southwestern and Wabanaki cuisine and food service, he will explain the unstated rules for eating and how that reinforces individual, family and community identity.

Decolonizing Thanksgiving: The Politics of Native Foods and Medicine
Session 1: Monday, November 21st 6-9 pm

November, is designated “Native American Month” by various presidents, but never seems to “stick” in the consciousness as does “Black History Month” or “Woman’s History Month.” Native advocates have tried for years, but without much success, to turn Columbus Day and Thanksgiving into opportunities for opening a serious dialogue on Native history and culture. Using the “Decolonizing Thanksgiving” movement as a rubric to understand Native concerns about decolonized diet, food sovereignty, food justice and food security, Prof. Wiseman will show how food is a quintessential political statement, and how it should be treated by both Native and Non-natives alike, especially in the fall.

Dr. Frederick M. Wiseman was trained as a paleo-ethnobotanist at the University of Arizona. He taught and did research at Louisiana State, MIT’s Center for Materials Research in Archaeology and Ethnology, and Johnson State College in Vermont, where he retired as Department Chair in 2014. He has published extensively on tropical fieldwork in Belize, Honduras, Yucatan and arid-lands research in Arizona and Sonora Mexico. Over the last twenty years he has focused on the culture and ecology of the Wabanaki people of northern New England, Quebec and the Canadian Maritimes, completing books and films, scholarly and popular articles and presented papers on Wabanaki culture & ecology.