Thursday, January 22, 2009
I’ve been trying to track down a copy of Dina Veeris’ Green Remedies and Golden Customs of our Ancestors for a little while now. Veeris, a botanical healer from Curacao, is an expert on the ancient medicinal plant treatments that were first introduced into the Caribbean and practiced by African slaves. She regards these herbal remedies as telling “…the story of our culture." Her mission is to elevate the knowledge of herbal remedies: "I want people to know and understand that the knowledge of our slave elders was not stupid — they knew a lot."
“African slaves had few doctors, but they brought with them the memory of herbal traditions, and in some cases seeds, with which to carry out their healing work. They recognized some of the trees and plants and also began to learn about the plants here.”
Like much valuable information, the book is proving difficult to track down – but I’m determined. I would love to have this rare book in my collection.