Cultural Landscape of ABDSP- Cahuilla

Friday, December 12, 2014 - 6:00pm to Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 5:00pm

Instructor: Dr. Joan Schneider
Terria Smith, Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla tribal member
Single Class:
$85 / $75 for ABF Members  

This class may be combined with the Kumeyaay Class that is taking place on January 16-17 for a $10 discount. Both Classes: $160 / $140 for ABF Members

The Cahuilla Cultural Landscape of Northern Anza Borrego Desert State Park – past and present. 

This class will give students an appreciation of how the Native Peoples of the northern portion of the Colorado Desert and the bordering mountain ranges viewed, and still view, the lands in which they lived and live. This is a holistic look at how people who consider themselves part of the natural world use and care for that world in terms of geography, geology, hydrology, plants, animals, and inherent spiritual values as well as how today, the application of legal policies help in these endeavors. We will draw on the traditional knowledge and research results of many Native people, archaeologists, anthropologists, and ethnographers.

Friday Classroom Session: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Saturday Field Session: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Hike Level: Friday evening we will meet in a classroom situation for an introduction, sharing of core information, and arranging for an all-day Saturday field experience north of Highway S22. Expect to walk at least a half mile on two occasions. 

What to Bring: A notebook, appropriate clothing for indoors and the day-long field portion, food, water, sturdy shoes, and anything else you need to feel comfortable in the classroom and outdoors during a desert winter.

Where to Meet: Meet at the Archaeology Library, located next to the Colorado Desert District Headquarters Building (on your left when headed to the ABDSP Visitor Center, across from the road to the campground)