Native Languages of the Southwest at UT Arlington
From the 2012 Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop; the Alabama group, with UT Arlington Linguistics &Student Lori McLain Pierce

Department of Linguistics & TESOL | The University of Texas at Arlington

CoLang 2014: Institute on Collaborative Language Research



Karen Hall


The bluebonnet is Karen Hall’s first recollection of a wildflower, from early life in San Antonio, Texas. However, most of her formative years were spent in the mountains of North Carolina, living with parents and grandparents who loved nature. While completing her Ph.D. with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, she also taught basic botany, environmental science, and ethnobotany courses. Involving her students, other faculty, Cherokee people and garden staff in the process, she developed the Cherokee Worldview Garden within the South Carolina Botanical Gardens. In 2006, working for Clemson’s Cooperative Extension Service, she developed the South Carolina Master Naturalist program for the state and also managed the SC Master Gardener program, taking it into an online environment in 2010. She is currently the local Applied Ecologist with the Botanical Research Institute of Texas where she is focused on research of the local landscape and outreach. Previous research interests include traditional knowledge of medicinal plants and how that knowledge is structured, managed and transferred to future generations. Her current research interests are viewed through the lens of ethnobotany and ethnoecology. She is particularly interested in how people find meaning and connections to nature and place.

CoLang 2014 Courses
Ethnobotany 1
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Ethnobotany 2
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Ethnobiology 1 - 2hr
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Ethnobiology 2 - 2hr
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