Missoula ecological knowledge series connects people of color to the land


Iko’tsimiskimaki Beck kneels among native plants and berry bushes on the Payne Native American Center ethnobotany garden.

Dave Beck, father of Iko’tsimiskimaki Beck, and their dog Immoyii listen to Iko’s presentation about native plants, ethnobotany, foraging and traditional ecological knowledge.

Iko’tsimiskimaki Beck, sitting at the fire pits next to the ethnobotany garden of the Payne Native American Center, holds a dried sample of a Beebalm plant and talks to guests about its significance to Native American tribes.