The Groundhog Autonomous Zone (GAZ) is a non-contiguous confederacy of human people acting as mutualists toward the goal of extracting and resources from the contemporary colonial kyriarchist hegemony for the development of non-kyriarchal assets.
Dang, I was pretty wary about academia’s intentions toward Indigenous people before reading this, and this is disappointingly justifying that wariness. Nothing against you, OP. Does the syllabus really say just, go find an Indigenous person, any indigenous person, and ask them about their cultural knowledge? Is there… compensation for this knowledge? Or any sort of transparency in how it will be used? (Again, OP, I know you’re just trying to fulfill a school assignment; I’m not shooting the messenger here, but I’ve gotta say my piece about the message.)
I’d be really curious to see the questions that you were given, but I probably wouldn’t give my answers. If you feel comfortable, I would be okay with you sharing my sentiment with your instructor: It is a perversion of ethnobotany to approach it as though Indigenous knowledge is a resource, and not a framework with which to understand plants.