This Sunday afternoon, June 13, Marian Walkingstick, Abe Sanchez and I are going to the “Come Home to Povuu’ngna at Rancho Los Alamitos” event at CSU Long Beach.

Povuu’ngna is the sacred place of emergence of the Gabrielino/Tongva community. “Come Home to Povuu’ngna at Rancho Los Alamitos” as we honor the native people of the Los Angeles basin and consider how they remember their ancestors and care for their home today. Explore how memories of land and sea are revealed anew in the foods of native California, in its medicines, songs and dances, stories and art, and how the landscape of the past offers new sources of creative wisdom to a contemporary world seeking hope for future generations (from the Rancho Los Alamitos website).

Abe’s going to have a native foods table set up with food tastings, including chapulines, or grasshoppers, which have been cleaned and toasted, a big favorite of everyone’s. I personally think the critters sound a bit tastier in Spanish than in English.

And of course Abe will have his signature chia cornbread, as well as manzanita berries, whatever wild greens are now in season, etc. Those are chapulines in small bowl in the foreground, prickly pear cactus salad with tepary beans to the right, steamed stinging nettle to the left, chia cornbread on the plate in the middle, and a bowl of tepary beans in the left background.

In the photo at the top of this post, the intrepid Acjachemen basket weaver Marian Walkingstick is gathering Juncus textilis at Tangie and Sean Bogner’s juncus patch on the Cahuilla reservation. Baskets of all kinds continue to be used in the gathering, preparation, processing and cooking of native foods.

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