ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A unique event was held Saturday in the forests of Catawba. Members of both the Cherokee Tribe and Monacan tribes gathered to discuss native plants, trees, and resources traditionally used for food and medicinal purposes.

The event took place at the Virginia Tech Catawba Sustainability Center in Roanoke County. Tyson Sampson (Cherokee) and Victoria Ferguson (Monacan) lead the walk.

Event organizers say the idea was to provide information that might not be widely known.

“It’s really important too, to listen to people whose voices have not been amplified in the past, in fact, marginalized and there’s wisdom in that in how we can build relationships with the land that can lead to ways that can lead to regeneration,” said organizer Katie Trozzo.

The Catawba Sustainability Center is a 377-acre farm where sustainable practices in agriculture, forestry, and land management are studied and developed.