Monday, February 8, 2010

Piñon Pine Nuts

Our first 2010 Dragonfly Lecture will take us back several thousand years or so.

Daniel McCarthy will speak about piñon pines.

Piñon pine in San Bernardino National Forest © Pat Murkland

The nuts inside the pine cones have been an important Native American food source for centuries.

Growing pine cone, San Bernardino National Forest © Pat Murkland

Closeup of nut remaining in aged cone © Pat Murkland

People often focus on the importance of the oak acorn, but the pine nut also was important to Inland Southern California's First People.

Still is.

Learn more about San Manuel Reservation's 2009 harvests, part of the tribal cultural education program, here.

Come discover more.
Our lecturer, Daniel McCarthy, an archaeologist and tribal manager for San Bernardino National Forest, has done extensive research on the native uses of plants.

6 p.m. Feb. 22
Dorothy Ramon Learning Center
17 West Hays, Banning, CA
Donations at the door will help the nonprofit Learning Center save and share Southern California's American Indian cultures, languages, history, and traditional arts.

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