Cooking Native Foods: Acorns – SOLD OUT

This event is now sold out. To be added to the wait list please fill out this short form.

Saturday, November 25, 2023
10:00am – 2:00pm

$35 per person
Ages 10 and up 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 also learn how to sustainably and respectfully harvest acorns, and how local indigenous people steward the land and oak trees that supply this food source. Then, we will spend time practicing hands-on each of the steps to prepare acorns to eat. This event concludes with the opportunity for everyone to taste the acorn mush we’ve prepared together.

To learn more from Clint McKay about Traditional Ecological Knowledge centered on oaks and acorns, we highly recommend watching our previously recorded webinar, Black Oaks Revealed: Their cultural significance for Indigenous Communities which can be viewed on our YouTube channel here.

Instructor Bio:

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.

 

Ease of Access: The facility where this event takes place is ADA accessible. Bathrooms and water are available.

Weather & Cancellations: Due to the weather-dependent nature of stargazing, this event is canceled if rain or significant cloud cover are forecast. In the case of a cancellation, registrants will be notified via email and  refunds would be offered. 

Though we love dogs, pets are not allowed on the reserve. When visiting Pepperwood, please leave pets at home for their wellbeing and that of our wildlife. Thank you.

Please, no smoking at Pepperwood.

COVID Protocols: All events will follow current regional health safety guidelines. 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.

2023-11-25 10:00 2023-11-25 14:00 America/Los_Angeles Cooking Native Foods: Acorns – SOLD OUT

This event is now sold out. To be added to the wait list please fill out this short form. Saturday, November 25, 2023 10:00am – 2:00pm $35 per person Ages 10 and up welcome  Meet at the Dwight Center Join Clint McKay, Pepperwood’s Indigenous Education Coordinator, to learn first-hand about local Indigenous food traditions centered […]

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