The next project of the EthnoMedicine Preservation Project was to document the work of Dr. Rosita Arvigo in Belize, who has been researching and documenting the uses of medicinal plants in Belize for the past 30 years. She has dedicated her life to preserving the knowledge of several Maya healers who are now deceased, and is the only living link to their experience.
Dr. Arvigo gathered a great diversity of medicinal plants on her expeditions into the jungle with different healers, then transplanted them into an extensive medicinal plant trail, which is a living museum of the most important medicinal plants in Belizian ethnobotany.
Dr. Arvigo has practical experience with many medicinal plants that the rest of the world has never heard of. She has worked with the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of Health and the National Arboretum. She has written 3 books on Maya herbs and her experiences with the Maya healers in Belize. She founded Terra Nova, a 6,000 acre botanical preserve and BATH – the Belize Association of Traditional Healers.
Dr. Arvigo uses a rich legacy of natural remedies in her clinic in Belize.
The EthnoMedicine Preservation Project filmed Dr. Arvigo and several elder Maya healers still living, plus a detailed documentary of the plants in the medicine trail….. their history and therapeutic use. This documentary will help the Maya people remember their ancestral medicines and treat themselves and their families in areas where no doctors are available.
The documentation of Rosita’s work in Belize is ready for editing, only awaiting funding to complete. To finish this documentary project, we will need to raise $10,000.