Ethnobotany Project Presentation: CNPS

“The connection to who we are as a people has everything to do with the plants.” —Tongva cultural educator, Craig Torres On 04-18-17 in […]

Women’s March North County San Diego

tdeWe recognize that we are collective agents of history and that history cannot be deleted like web pages. We know that we gather this […]

Chia Cafe Collective on Catalina Island

Every summer, several members of the Chia Café Collective travel to Catalina Island to give native plant food workshops and cooking demos for the […]

Seri Artisans visit CSUSM

The Seri/Comcaac Artisans, Carmen, Patricia, Panchita and Diana Moreno and Raquel Hoeffer, from Desemboque on the Sea of Cortez in Sonora, Mexico, visited California State […]

Seri at Tree of Life Nursery

From the Tree of Life website 11-05-16  Tree of Life Nursery in San Juan Capistrano is honored to host a group of artisans from the […]

Chia Cafe Collective Book

Authors: Barbara Drake, Lorene Sisquoc, Craig Torres, Abe Sanchez, Daniel McCarthy, Leslie Mouriquand, and Deborah Small, and Tima Lotah Link. Tima Lotah Link also […]

The Ethnobotany Project Book

Collaborator Rose Ramirez and I just completed our Ethnobotany Project, a book focusing on the contemporary uses of twelve native plants of profound importance to […]

Repurposed Architecture: Valle de Gaudalupe

La Escuelita in the village of El Porvenir in the Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California, Mexico is a non-profit and sustainable cooperative and wine school considered by […]

Palomar Mountain & Deer Hunting Season

If you’re planning a hike to Palomar Mountain in California this fall, give some careful consideration to your outfit. My friend Amy Rouillard and I thought […]

Seri Facepainting Cultural Exchange

The Seri/Comca’ac Womens Artisans Cooperative members prepare for the celebration and sale of their artwork at the XIPE PROJECTS Museum in Huntington Beach, CA. They […]

Baja: Teresa Castro and Daria Mariscal, Santa Catarina

On Saturday, August 10, we returned from a trip to Baja organized by basket weaver Rose Ramirez and anthropologist Mike Wilken. Above is an […]

Bladderpod / Isomeris arborea

On Wednesday evening, three guests came to my CSUSM Arts and World Culture class: Kumiai elder Teodora Cuero from La Huerta, Kiliwa elder Leonor […]

KCET Decolonizing the Diet

KCET Decolonizing the Diet Video Link Featuring Lois Connor, and Chia Cafe Collective members Barbara Drake, Lorene Sisquoc, and Craig Torres. From the KCET website: […]

Chia Cafe Collective Tule Workshop at Idyllwild Arts 2015

Tongva elder Craig Torres led a Tule workshop at an Idyllwild Summer Arts Workshop in 2015. The students made small mats out of this […]