Tuesday, August 12, 2008

2008 Dragonfly Gala

Tasting acorn served by Barbara Drake (Carlos Puma Photo)
The Dragonfly Gala was a wonderful gathering of our community working to save and share Southern California's American Indian cultures, languages, history, and arts.
Click here to view 51 photos from the San Bernardino Sun and here to read the article in the San Bernardino Sun and Inland Valley Daily Bulletin.
More to come on all the exciting happenings at the gala!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Feeding the People (& Caring for Them)

That's this 5th Dragonfly Gala silent auction item, from Leslie J. Mouriquand:
"Mesquite Cookies and Pinyon Sap Soap" Gift Basket, 
  • Pinyon Sap Soap
  • Honey Soap
  • Rosebud Salve
  • Pinyon Pine Incense Cones
  • Skin softener in shell container
  • Wild-crafted Mesquite Meal
  • Homemade Mesquite Cookies
  • Cactus Tenders
  • Mountain Sage Blossom Honey
  • Chia Seed
  • Yucca Seed
  • Desert Willow seed (for planting)
  • Wild Plum seed (for planting)
  • Screwbean mesquite seed (for planting)
  • Dried cholla blossoms
  • Dried spearmint leaves ...
On and on and on the list goes! Amazing! 
Leslie, an archaeologist who preserves and promotes traditional Cahuilla knowledge and plant uses, also plans to include an article she wrote on this very topic for the Coachella Valley Archaeological Society newsletter. Don't miss out on our Silent Auction or on the Gala this coming weekend. Still time to make a last-minute reservation, but time is running out. Click here for details.