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Ila Hatter
Ila is an interpretive naturalist, artist, and wildcrafter who has taught the cultural heritage of native plants for over 30 years. She has appeared on CNN, NBC, A&E, national PBS, and on UNC-TV's "Folkways," and she is among the women featured in the book "Women of the Smokies." She has produced videos, "Wild Edibles & Medicinals of Appalachia" and "Mountain Kitchen" (filmed at the Folk School.) Ila is the editor/publisher of "Roadside Rambles," a wild foods cookbook, and editor of "Plants of the Cherokee." A recipient of the Achievement in Cultural Preservation award from NC State University, she learned garden cultivation and the art of finger weaving from her adopted grandmother, a Cherokee elder.

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