Kumeyaay Ethnobotany: Shared Heritage of the Californias at CSUSM

Come join author Michael Wilken and me at CSUSM for an hour talk and slide presentation of his stunning new book, Kumeyaay Ethnobotany. That’s […]

NATtalk: Kumeyaay Ethnobotany: Shared Heritage of the California

Lecture/Slideshow at the San Diego Natural History Museum on October 17, 2017, 7-9 pm. “Join anthropologist and author of Kumeyaay Ethnobotany Michael Wilken-Robertson and photographer Deborah […]

Chia Cafe Collective Workshop at Idyllwild Summer Arts 2017

The Chia Cafe Collective will be teaching their annual 2-day workshop at Idyllwild Summer Arts, July 1-2, focusing on California Native Plants: Contemporary and Traditional […]

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 […]