Social Organization, Trade, and Warfare amongst the
Prehistoric Peoples of the Anza-Borrego Area
Underwritten in memory of Fran Medema
The lecture portion of this class still has space available and no pre-registration is required. However, the field class has reached capacity. Please contact Briana Puzzo at 760-767-0446 x1004 to be added to the waiting list.
February 23-24, 2018
Instructor: Richard L. Carrico, San Diego State University
Most of us know the Anza Borrego region has a long and rich history that stretches back thousands of years. But how did the First People of the region organize their internal affairs, their external relations, and their settlements on the land? How many of us are aware that the native people of the region conducted extensive trade with the people of Northern Baja California, Arizona and northern Mexico? Where was the trail network that linked the trading centers and outposts and what exotic goods were transported over those routes? Over the long history of most peoples and cultures warfare seems to be inevitable and costly. Was that the case for the Cahuilla, Quechan, and Kumeyaay of our region and if so what did they fight over?
The answers may surprise you, inform you, and give you a far better understanding of the cultures and people who occupied the region for the last 10,000 years. In this overview presentation we will use archaeology, history, and native oral traditions to look through the mists of time to explore the rich culture, trade networks, art, astronomy, medicines, economy, and more of the region’s First People. We will delve into more than 10,000 years of native history as we come to be better acquainted with the people who are largely known only for their casinos. We will also see if, and how, these ancient traditions, trade relations, and knowledge of the land have continued into the 21st century. Come be part of this reawakening and leave the lecture far better informed about San Diego and Imperial Counties First People.
The field class will visit the Coyote Canyon area of the Park to explore trade, travel, native plant use and culture in more detail.
Hike Level: Moderate, short durations with some sandy and gravely areas
Friday Lecture: Feb. 23, 7:30-8:30 p.m. (refreshments provided)
Saturday Field Class: Feb. 24, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Class Registration Fee: $60 / $50 for ABF members
Lecture Only: $5
Meet: Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center
401 Tilting T Dr.
Borrego Springs, CA 92004
Bring: sack lunch and snacks, water, sturdy walking shoes, sun protection, notebook if you would like to take notes, and (optional) a camp chair for lunch in the field
About the Instructor
Richard L. Carrico, writer, educator, and wine maker, is a lecturer in the Department of American Indian Studies at San Diego State University and lives in Warner Springs. Richard has made several well-received and informative presentations to both the Anza Borrego Foundation and to State Parks on the topic of native people of the region. He is a well-respected scholar and researcher who had made significant contributions to our understanding of the local Native American culture.
Richard is also a principal in his firm Recuerdos Research where he serves as a consultant to local Indian tribes, government agencies, and private firms. He has a Master’s Degree from the University of San Diego in History and B. A. degrees from San Diego State University in both History and Anthropology.
His primary area of research is the Indian people of southern California and northern Mexico. In addition to more than 30 publications in professional journals, Richard is the author of History of Wines and Wineries of San Diego County (2016), Images of America Series: Ramona and other books including the revised Strangers in a Stolen Land: The Indians of San Diego County from Prehistory to the New Deal (2014); and San Diego's Ghosts and Hauntings. He also has authored stand-alone chapters in four academic books.