Edible, Medicinal, Material, Ceremonial: Contemporary Ethnobotany of Southern California Indians is featured as the cover story in the Fall issue of News from Native California. Our project documents the contemporary uses of native plants of profound importance to the intellectual, spiritual, and cultural vitality of California Indian people.
Rose Ramirez and I have collaborated with many knowledgeable and generous consultants who are repositories of cultural knowledge and eloquent defenders of the land, its sacredness for Indian people, and its importance for all species who inhabit it.
One of our consultants, Guadalupe Montes, is a talented young Kumiai basketweaver from San Jose de la Zorra, a basketweaving village in Baja. Her basket is woven with Juncus textilis, and she used the darker brown, earth ends of the juncus stems to create her pattern of three sycamore leaves.