Learning from our Roots: Black Oak Exploration at Pepperwood

Saturday, November 14, 2020 

10:00am – 12:00pm
$25 per person, $15 for members
Meet at the Dwight Center
Ages 13 and up

On this hike, join Pepperwood’s Indigenous Education Coordinator, Clint McKay, as he leads us on a journey to two Black Oak trees at Pepperwood that were hand selected as trees with special significance. Learn about Pepperwood’s Black Oak project, and why these trees hold an important role in local Indigenous cultures. The hike may be up to two miles in steep terrain, and will be limited to a small group of ten due to current group hike requirements.

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.

This event will be held in-person at Pepperwood. Masks and physical distancing will be required. Our bathroom facilities are sanitized before and after visitor groups.

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For all questions about this event, please contact Holland Gistelli, Education Specialist, at hgistelli@pepperwoodpreserve.org.