Raíces Community History

Ancestral Herbal Narratives

Oral History Interview Library & Digital Exhibit

About the Project

This Raíces Digital Archive collection is a dynamic multimedia project documenting and sharing stories, narratives, and histories of herbalists and healers from diverse cultural backgrounds and healing traditions. 

As you’ll see in the collection below, many participants are family members with one another as these are traditions with strong family and ancestral ties. Watch as this collection continues to grow.

Raíces Cultural Center wishes to thank all past, current and future participants and supporters of this project, as we know this dynamic collection will continue to grow. Interested in being a part of this project and sharing your story? Get in touch.

Interview Library

Watch - Video Interviews

Antonia Estela Pérez

Robin Rose Bennett

Evelyn Sepulveda

Francisco G. Gómez

Ricarda Garcia

Dr. T'Karima Tcitil, LM, CM

Carolina Moratti

Natalie Saldarriaga

Keven Porter, Arelis Hernández & Tika Jagad

Antonia Estela Pérez

Akosua Chin-On

Listen - Audio Interviews

What Is Healing?

Submitted by Leon Alirangues

Source: Raíces Digital Archive

Share Your Thoughts - What Is Healing?

Leon Alirangues, a long time Raíces Cultural Center community member and supporter sent us the above video clip to answer the question “What is healing?” when we first put out the word that we wanted public participation in this project.

Do you want to share YOUR answer to this question with us, in writing, through art or images, or video? Submissions are still welcome Please get in touch with your submission or with any questions about participation in this project.

Featured Exhibit: Ancestral Herbs Botanical Illustrations

Project Support

The Raíces Cultural Center received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.

Grant funding has been provided by The Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant provided by the New Jersey Historical Commission, a Division of the Department of State