Amaranth, Chia, Chocolate & the Aztec

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Amaranth, Chia, Chocolate & the Aztec: A Hands-On Exploration of Latin American Plants

The sixteenth-century illustrates , an encyclopedic account of Aztec society written by Fray Bernardino de Sahagun. This illustration is reproduced from Francisco del Paso y Troncoso's color edition of the , 1905-07. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS
Image courtesy of  Bettmann/CORBIS

Date: Thursday, September 7
Time: 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Location: Vanderbilt University

Description: Educators joined Vanderbilt and TSU as we visited and explored the new Latin American Garden at Vanderbilt University. With a special focus on Aztec flora, this workshop introduced the deep cultural and historical significance of the garden’s plants. Experts discussed the wide uses of the plants, including practices related to medicine, art, religion, dyeing, and nutrition, as well provided information on plant breeding and genetics. The workshop concluded with time to develop curriculum with Vanderbilt’s Jonathan Ertelt and share ideas with fellow educators.

Related resources from this workshop are available in the CLAS Curriculum Resources. View photos.

Registration: $15 Includes all materials, morning coffee, lunch, and parking validation. Register by August 31. [travel scholarships available] *Free for pre-service teachers

Contact: Colleen McCoy [colleen.e.mccoy@vanderbilt.edu]