Visiting Our Past: The world’s herbs gathered in this mountain bowl


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One of the biggest factors in the shaping of our history here is herbal variety. For millennia, it supported hunter-gatherers, a lifestyle that did not go extinct when agriculturalists swept in.
When Europeans settled here, they depended on the Cherokee for woodland knowledge and opened up to relations with them. Herbalism then became a mountain heritage as well as a way to make cash.

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