Indigenous Heritage 2020: Uses of the lime tree

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Today we will focus on yet another facet of knowledge that Indigenous peoples possess – knowledge and use of traditional medicine. These are usually associated with the various parts of a plant or tree – the fruit, seed, leaf or even its bark.

Such knowledge has no doubt been crucial to their health and wellbeing over the centuries. This is especially true given the fact that Indigenous peoples are well known to live great distances from hospital facilities. While most Indigenous communities in Guyana have a Health Post with locally trained staff, there is still much reliance on the use of traditional medicine to treat local ailments.  The transmission of such knowledge is important as it contributes to the overall traditional and culture practices of Indigenous people in Guyana.

As part of the Darwin Initiative Traditional Knowledge in Conservation project, today’s video features once again the village of Maruranau as they focus on the medicinal uses of the well known Guyanese fruit tree,– the Lime tree. While you may be familiar with the use of the fruit to make a refreshing drink, in this video you will also learn that we can also benefit from its leaves and roots.

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Grace Albert
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Grace Albert has 5 years’ experience in community development and visual methodologies. She speaks fluent Makushi and English, and has strong skills in community facilitation and engagement, visual methods, and her local Makushi traditions. Following a strong grounding in further education courses of natural resource management, wildlife management, agriculture , information technology, leadership and culture, she has worked for the North Rupununi District Development Board (NRDDB), a local Indigenous community-based organization, in several roles. This includes as a radio broadcaster, a community film maker and most recently as a Community Research Assistant. With these experiences, Grace hopes to remain as a resource person for her community and is committed towards development of her homeland.