MISSOULA – In honor of Women’s History Month, University of Montana Associate Professor Rosalyn LaPier will host a presentation on medicinal plants for women’s health from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 12.
LaPier will discuss Montana native plants traditionally used for women's health, highlighting some medicines used at different life stages including puberty, motherhood and menopause. The lecture is free and open to the public. It will take place in UM’s Payne Family Native American Center. Soup and tea will be served at 6:30 p.m. for a $5 donation.
LaPier is an associate professor of environmental studies, a Blackfeet ethnobotanist and recently received UM’s Presidential Faculty Award for Distinguished Accomplishment.
The lecture will be held in conjunction with the Red Dress Workshop, organized by UM undergraduate student Willow Kipp. From 5 to 7 p.m. workshop participants will sew a red ribbon skirt to wear in solidarity with missing and murdered indigenous women (#MMIW). Registration for Red Dress Workshop is now closed, as all available spots have been filled.
Kipp is a Native American studies major and environmental studies minor. She is a citizen of the Shoshone-Bannock Nation and descendent of the Blackfeet Nation. Funds raised at the event will support the MMIW Awareness Dance Special at the 50th Kyiyo Powwow at UM April 20-21.
The evening’s events are sponsored by UM’s Environmental Studies Program and the native plant stewardship and ethnobotany internship.
Note to media: Members of the media are invited to attend and photograph the Red Dress workshop. Professor LaPier’s presentation is free and open to the public.