Dr. Sveta Yamin-Pasternak, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Polar
Regions Research at the National Science Foundation and Visiting
Scholar, Department of Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University.
Sveta Yamin-Pasternak is originally from Belarus, but her interest
in the peoples of the Arctic brought her to Fairbanks, Alaska where she
pursued a PhD degree in cultural anthropology. Early in her studies,
she took note of the fact that, while sharing a common array of
subsistence foods, the indigenous residents of northern Russia and
Alaska have strikingly contrasting attitudes toward mushrooms.
Searching for possible explanations fueled her fascination with
ethnomycology, which has become the main subject of her research. Her
dissertation, entitled “How the Devils Went Deaf: Ethnomycology,
Cuisine, and Perception of Landscape in the Russian North,” focuses on
the peoples of the Bering Strait area, documenting their folklore,
beliefs, and practices associated with wild mushrooms.
Bring your wild mushroom find to be ID'd it may be edible or medicinal!
Date & Time:
Monday, November 19, 2007
Natural History Museum Los Angeles- Times Mirror Room 900 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CAview map