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When it comes to reptiles and amphibians, the southeastern United States is the most biodiverse region in North America – Georgia alone is home to over 160 species! For thousands of years the Native Americans of this region, like the Cherokee, have not only lived alongside their many scaly neighbors, but also incorporated them into their culture. Evidence of the prominent role of reptiles in the traditions of southeastern indigenous people can be found in their artwork, in their legends, and in their traditional knowledge. During this presentation, attendees will explore some of these aspects of southeastern Native American culture and meet some of the real-life animals that inspired them.

This lecture is free for BHM members. $7 for not yet members.

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