Cultural Landscape of ABDSP- Kumeyaay

Friday, January 16, 2015 - 6:00pm to Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 5:00pm

Instructor: Dr. Joan Schneider
Co-instructor: Dave "Bobo" Elliott, Manzanita Band of Kumeyaay Nation

Friday, 6-8pm; Saturday, 8am-5pm
Single Class: $85 / $75 for ABF Members
Both Classes: $160 / $140 for ABF Members

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

This class will give students an appreciation of how the Kumeyaay Peoples of the southern 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 those endeavors.  We will draw on the traditional knowledge and research results of many Native people, archaeologists, anthropologists, and ethnographers.  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 in the southern part of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, south of highway 22.  Expect to walk for about a mile to get to one or two areas. 

Be prepared for a full Saturday. You will be leaving from the ABDSP Visitor Center parking lot at 8am. Be sure you have a full tank of gas, as there will be a lot of driving.

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 on Friday: 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)