Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2019. 4:00 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: On September 15, 2019, a workshop was held at the visitor’s center of the Noj Ka’ax H’Men Elijio Panti National Park.
The workshop was hosted to highlight traditional medicine in commemoration of the work of the late Don Elijio Panti.
The purpose of this event was to gather knowledge in order for it to be documented for future generations.
The event saw the participation of Maya healers from Maya Mopan, Stann Creek, San Roman, Stann Creek, Maya Centre, Stann Creek, and a couple of healers from San Antonio, Cayo that learned most of their plant medicine directly from Don Elijio Panti.
This 1st of its kind workshop united people who already knew about plant medicine but also wanted to know about the sacredness and values of more plants in the area.
Each healer conducted their own presentation and then went on a tour of the area.
Healers tagged the plants so that people can easily identify them.
The event was organized by the Itzamna Society and strongly believes in documenting knowledge that would otherwise be lost in the future.
“ It was of great encouragement for the event to continue especially because there was also the presence and participation of school children, youths and women from the surrounding communities. The interest of the young people inspires the continuation of events like these because this ancestral knowledge was left to share with these young minds,” a statement from the Itzamna Society said.
Now is the time to gather the knowledge and make it available to the public to share this information with the following generations.
Another event will be hosted by the Itzamna Society on September 29, 2019 at the Noj Ka’ax H’Men Elijio Panti National Park grounds.
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