Kumeyaay Ethnobotany

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Saturday January 27

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Please join us for a pleasant, winter afternoon talk and book signing by Kumeyaay Ethnobotany author, Michael Wilken-Robertson!

Shared Heritage of the Californias

For thousands of years, the Kumeyaay people of northern Baja California and
southern California made their homes in the diverse landscapes of the region,
interacting with native plants and continuously refining their botanical
knowledge. Today, many Kumeyaay Indians in the far-flung ranches of Baja
California carry on the traditional knowledge and skills for transforming native
plants into food, medicine, arts, tools, regalia, construction materials, and
ceremonial items.
Kumeyaay Ethnobotany explores the remarkable interdependence between
native peoples and native plants of the Californias through in-depth
descriptions of 47 native plants and their uses, lively narratives, and hundreds
of vivid photographs. It connects the archaeological and historical record with
living cultures and native plant specialists who share their ever-relevant
wisdom for future generations.

Copies of Kumeyaay Ethnobotany will be available for purchase in the Gift Shop.

Saturday, January 27, 2018
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: East Classroom, with a small, following reception on the Garden Gift Shop porch.

$5.00 Public, $5.00 RSABG Members

Registration is required. To register please do so here or by visiting our front kiosk.

If you need special accommodations, please contact Education Assistant, Diana Nightingale at least three days prior to the talk at (909)-625-8767 ext. 251 or dnightingale@rsabg.org

Please note that if you arrive earlier than half an hour prior to the talk you will be asked to also purchase regular garden admission.



Anthropologist Michael Wilken-Robertson’s research and advocacy work with
Native Baja Californians has explored traditional arts, ethnobotany, history,
languages, and cultural landscapes of these indigenous peoples. He has
developed lifelong collaborative relationships with native artists and
traditional authorities to foster cultural revitalization and sustainable
community development. Wilken-Robertson currently teaches in the
anthropology department at California State University, San Marcos.


Deborah Small is an artist and professor in the School of Arts at California
State University, San Marcos. Her work focuses on documenting traditional
and contemporary indigenous knowledge and uses of native plants in the
southern California region, which she does through photography, writing, and
an extensive ethnobotany blog at deborahsmall.wordpress.com.


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