Herbalism & access to healing continue to get subjected to the legacies of colonialism and racism not only by corporations but also by the war on drugs. Through focusing on the history of the coca leaf in the context of Colombia, this workshop will take a look at the ways in which powerful sacred medicine has been under siege in the name of the war of drugs. The first portion of the workshop will be a presentation on how coca has been a site of economic and political violence that has displaced peoples’ relationship to medicine and land. In uplifting the struggles of cocaleros movement in the Andean region, the second portion of the workshop will conclude with the question: what is the role of the herbalist in the struggle against the war on drugs in the context of the US?
To attend the 1st Annual NYC Spiritual Herbal Conference, please refer to: https://www.nycspiritualherbalismconference.com/