Her mother and grandmother taught her about the plants along the way. A red shank rinse eased a toothache. Elderberry flowers reduced a fever. Buckwheat blooms settled an upset stomach. And later in whispers: Woolly blue curls were for ladies trying to seem chaste who, as she says now, “needed to tighten things up.”
She laughs and adds, “So I hear. I never used it.” —excerpt from the LA TIMES article by Joe Mozingo
Below is a photo of Teodora gathering woolly blue curls.
Teodora and Mike, as well as Kiliwa elder Leonor Farlow, will be joining us in my World Cultures class on November 9th at California State University San Marcos at 5:30 in ARTS 111 as part of the Arts & Lectures series. The event is free and open to the public.