Brown Bag Lunch Lecture – July 21, 2016

The Rocks Speak: Understanding Indigenous Science and Technology


This lively one hour interactive presentation is an introduction to indigenous philosophy presented by Culture Bearer and Author, A.G. Vasquez, MA. The program offers an unconventional take on the relationship between native peoples and modern scientific practices, the background behind the use of plants, stones and ritual objects in healing and the use of real world empirical observation by indigenous cultures.

A.G. Vasquez is the founder of Casa de Culturas in Joshua Tree, creator of the Living on the Dime project     and author of ‘Mexican Americans In Redlands’. Currently, Vasquez is engaged in a multiple city indigenous cultural heritage tour, Kokopelli Spirit Journey. He holds degrees in U.S. and Latin American History and resides in Joshua Tree.

Bring your lunch, bring your friends, or just bring yourself to our Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series once a month.  Speakers will present topics of special interest for high desert residents.

The lectures start at 12:00 p.m. Admission is $ 5 – Free for Members – beverages will be served.

For more info on Antonio Vasquez and the Kokopeli Spirit Journey visit: Casa de Culturas

Brown Bag Lunch Lecture -August 18, 2016

Drawn on Stone

with Tamara Serrao-Leiva

Ancient art was left by people tens of thousands of years ago, and is still largely debated among scholars and researchers.  Take a tour through Europe, Africa, and North America, to investigate the different types of rock art, how it was made, and what it could mean. Can we use modern “rock art” to give us an answer? Audience participation is highly encouraged!

Tamara Serrao-Leiva is the Curator of Anthropology at the San Bernardino County museum. Having work as an archaeologists in cultural resources management, she developed a fascination for the symbols she would see every day in the field. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and continued as a graduate student at the University of Sevilla, Spain where she received a Master’s Degree in prehistoric archaeology. She now serves on the board of various non-profits in Redlands and continues to work diligently on the Anthropology and Ethnography Collections at the museum.

Bring your lunch, bring your friends, or just bring yourself to our Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series once a month.  Speakers will present topics of special interest for high desert residents. The lectures start at 12:00 p.m. Admission is  $ 5 – Free for Members -  beverages will be served.