Cooking Native Foods: Acorns

Saturday November 19, 2022
10:00am – 2:00pm

$40 per person ($35 for Friends of Pepperwood)
Ages 10 and up are welcome 
Meet at the Dwight Center

Join Clint McKay, Pepperwood’s Indigenous Education Coordinator, to learn first-hand about local Indigenous food traditions centered around acorns. From harvesting to preparing, storage and cooking, Clint will walk you through some of his people’s culinary practices around the bounty of acorns grown locally in the landscape. We will venture into the field to learn how to sustainably and respectfully harvest acorns, and how local indigenous people steward the land and oak trees that supply this food source. We will also spend time practicing hands-on the steps to prepare acorns to eat!

Clint is the descendant of several important local culture bearers that include the late Laura Fish Somersal and the late Mabel McKay. He is a Native speaker of the Wappo language and he also speaks some Pomo and is himself a culture bearer with extensive Native historical knowledge, not only of Pepperwood but also of the entire region. McKay is a capable naturalist with a deep understanding of plant communities and traditional Wappo methods of nurturing them. He is a gifted basket weaver and has served as Chair of the California Indian Basket Weavers Association for two terms. McKay is also a traditional Wappo spiritual leader and he is the headman of a traditional dance group. McKay has a Master’s Degree in Indigenous Education.

COVID Protocols: All events will follow current regional health safety guidelines. Please bring a mask. Masks are only required while indoors, or when 6 feet of courtesy distance from others cannot be maintained. Please practice good health hygiene, and physical distancing when possible. If you do not feel well, please do not attend.

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For all questions about this event, please contact Holland Gistelli, Education Program Coordinator, at hgistelli@pepperwoodpreserve.org or (707) 591-9310 x 124.

Early bird registration for Friends of Pepperwood begins at 9am on Monday, June 13, 2022. Enter the code you received as a current Friend of Pepperwood to access early registration and to receive your discount. If you’re not sure about your Friends of Pepperwood status or don’t know the code, contact Sloane Shinn, Community Engagement, at sshinn@pepperwoodpreserve.org or (707) 591-9310 x 133. Click here to become a Friend of Pepperwood today!

Registration for the general public begins at 9am on Monday, June 20, 2022.

2022-11-19 10:00 2022-11-19 13:30 America/Los_Angeles Cooking Native Foods: Acorns

Saturday November 19, 2022 10:00am – 2:00pm $40 per person ($35 for Friends of Pepperwood) Ages 10 and up are welcome  Meet at the Dwight Center Join Clint McKay, Pepperwood’s Indigenous Education Coordinator, to learn first-hand about local Indigenous food traditions centered around acorns. From harvesting to preparing, storage and cooking, Clint will walk you […]

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