Raíces Cultural Center

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 for this collection to grow and for reflections from these interviews to be posted on the Raíces blog in 2021, but for now, we will let the participants of the interviews speak for themselves as they share their stories with you!

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.


Bernadette Chin-on

November 1, 2020

Interviewed by Nicole Wines

Akosua Chin-on

November 1, 2020

Interviewed by Nicole Wines

Yvette Martínez

December 1, 2020

Interviewed by Nicole Wines

Anne Napatalung

December 21, 2020

Interviewed by Nicole Wines

Kala Patel

November 8, 2020

Interviewed by Nicole Wines

Neil Patel

November 8, 2020

Interviewed by Nicole Wines

Pravin Patel

November 20, 2020

Interviewed by Nicole Wines

What Is Healing?

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.

Special Exhibit: Ancestral Herbs Botanical Illustrations

Project Support


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