Monday, October 5, 2015

Baskets & Botany is This Weekend

Everyone is welcome to join in celebrating the local history and traditions of Southern California's Native Americans at Bay Park's best kept secret, the Tecolote Canyon Natural Park and Nature Center on Saturday, October 10, 2015 for the 16th annual Baskets and Botany, a free family event .

The 12 bands of Native Americans that make up the present day Kumeyaay Nation share a rich culture  and a long history that includes the Tecolote Canyon area. This small part of San Diego was important to the Kumeyaay for thousands of years. The Tecolote Nature Center is privileged to partner with them to share their history and honor their past and present contributions to our city.

Baskets and Botany is also an opportunity to celebrate the work of many local citizens who fought hard to save the canyon in its natural state, and to show appreciation for the neighborhoods that oversee its stewardship today.

The opening ceremony is at 10am. There will be  live entertainment, games, demonstrations, and activities until 4pm. Early birds can learn about the traditional uses of native plants at the 9am ethnobotany hike.

Come share a full day of fun for the whole family and be sure not to miss the authentic Indian Fry Bread and Handwoven Baskets available for sale all day!
See below for the full schedule of events and plan to join us!

Baskets and Botany ~Schedule of Events
*Schedule is tentative and subject to change*
9:00 a.m. Ethnobotany Walk
Discover which plants are used in Kumeyaay culture for food, medicine, and daily life
Led by the Tecolote Canyon Interpretive Group (large scout groups please call ahead)

10:00 a.m. Opening Ceremony
A few words from the Friends of Tecolote Canyon

10:15 a.m. Ms. Smarty-PlantsTM
Become an "Earth Hero" with Ms. Smarty-Plants™ as she takes you on a magical journey to learn about saving the Earth!

11:00 a.m. Nyemii Wildcat Singers
Our Native American friends share traditional songs

12:00 p.m. Soaring Eagles
Native American Youth and Adult Dancers

1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Sky Hunters Raptor Education
Learn about our local owls and hawks - see them live and up close

3:00 p.m. Snakes and Reptiles of Tecolote Canyon and Beyond
Meet our resident snakes and a few non native visitors. Learn why snakes are the “good guys”

All Day Free Activities Include:
* Make a variety of Native American crafts in the Children’s Craft Area
* Create a clay pot with JuaneƱo clay artist, Sylvia Mejia
* Learn about native plants from the California Native Plant Society
* Enjoy traditional Kumeyaay games, basket weaving demonstrations & artifacts on display
* Create a sand painting
* Meet a snake
* Take a leisurely hike and discover all that your local Canyon has to offer

A Variety of Sweet & Savory Indian Fry Bread and Cold Drinks will be for Sale

Baskets and Botany photos courtesy of Jerry Jacobs

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