Grace Hudson Museum: California Indian Foods — Past, Present, and Future, Sunday 9/19/10 2-4 pm


Ever wondered what it would be like if you knew where every bite on your plate came from, because you had gathered, ground, fished, or dug it up yourself? California Indians did just that for millennia, and they continue to use native foods to this day, in spite of obstacles posed by development, climate change, and sudden oak death.

Naturalist, ethnographer and food expert Beverly Ortiz, Ph.D. will present a free lecture and slide show on the history, joys, and challenges of modern California Indian food preparation this Sunday, September 19, from 2-4 p.m. at the Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah. This event is offered in conjunction with an ongoing exhibit at the Museum entitled “Seaweed, Salmon, and Manzanita Cider: A California Indian Feast,” on display through November 4, 2010.

Dr. Ortiz is the author of the classic It Will Live Forever: Traditional Yosemite Indian Acorn Making and the newly published volume After the First Full Moon in April: A Sourcebook of Herbal Medicine from a California Indian Elder. She will be available for book signing after the event.

The Grace Hudson Museum is at 431 S. Main St. in Ukiah. Admission to the museum is free for members, $3 for seniors and students, $4 per person, and $10 per family. The museum is open Wed.-Sat., 10-4:30, and Sunday, 12-4:30. For more information please go to or call 467-2836. Attendees will be able to sample ancient foods prepared in a modern way, and learn how to preserve this precious legacy for generations to come.
Photo by Beverly Ortiz: Kathleen Smith (Bodega Miwok/Dry Creek Pomo) picking manzanita berries.