Considering Traditional Native Plant Use:
Integration into our Modern Lives
with Leslie Mouriquand M.A, RPA
Leslie Mouriquand M.A, RPA will discuss the cultural history of traditional plant use by the Cahuilla people, and anthropological theory when considering traditional uses of plants as medicines, foods, and for ceremony. The focus will be on mesquite, pinyon pine, and chia and she will have samples for tasting along with recipes.
As a native of the Coachella valley, Leslie took an interest in the local Native American culture early in life sparked by her father’s tribal ancestry and the desire to learn about her own cultural ancestry.
As part of a group known as the Chia Café, Leslie participates in giving demonstrations, talks, and the gathering of native plants for educational purposes and tastings. Leslie is a certified Master Desert Gardener, and has experimented in with propagation of various native plants over the past decade. She enjoys creating recipes using native foods for the modern kitchen and sharing what she learns with others. What she loves to do the most is work with the plants and create yummy foods, healing salves and balms, and pinyon sap soap!
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.