An Ethnobotanical Exploration of Incense Sacred and Secular

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Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

102 Kroeber Hall

Berkeley, CA 94720

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During this master class, participants will learn about the origins, culture and use of incense with an emphasis on historically- significant tree resins. Activities will include a short game based on a formal Japanese incense ceremony (Koh-Do), where participants will “listen” to incense, attempting to detect and describe the aromatic nuances between several samples of aloeswood (Aquilaria spp.). Various samples of raw materials and types of incense from across the globe will be available to inspire participants in the creation of their own botanical incense (cones, sticks or loose blend) to take home.

Ethnobotanist and Cal alumnus Krisa Fredrickson’s background and interests combine science with art. She has conducted long-term research into incense materials and culture, ethnopharmacognosy, aromatic plants, and traditional dyes both domestically and abroad. Currently working as a “dead plant librarian” in the herbarium at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, Krisa also works with living plant collections as docent at the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt in Oakland.

This workshop is limited to participants 14 years of age and above.

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