Relational Reciprocity: Native Plant Talk

December 4, 2021 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Descanso Gardens
1418 Descanso Dr
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
Free with admission, advance registration required

Join presenters Craig Torres and Lazaro Arvizu Jr. on Saturday, December 4 as they discuss the Tongva traditions of relational reciprocity with nature and the cultural importance of local native plants. Included in this conversation will be a hands-on presentation about white sage that will explore historic and contemporary cultural uses, as well as the contemporary commodification and exploitation that threatens its very existence.

Free with admission, advance registration required. Click here to register.

This talk is presented in correlation with Full Circle: A Return to the Land on view at the Sturt Haaga Gallery.

About the presenters

Craig Torres is a Tongva cultural educator, presenter and consultant to many schools, culture and nature centers, and museums. He has also worked with city, state and government agencies as a consultant on Tongva history, culture and contemporary issues. He is a consultant on Descanso’s upcoming “Full Circle: A Return to the Land,” exhibition at the Sturt Haaga Gallery. Craig is also an artist and part of Chia Cafe Collective, which is a grassroots group of Southern California tribal members committed to reviving Native foods, medicines, culture and community.

Lazaro Arvizu is an artist, musician, craftsperson and Native scholar of Tongva Gabrielino ancestry. He has served on the Art @ Tongva: Indigenous Now Advisory Committee and has performed and taught at cultural institutions and museums throughout Southern California..

Image: River Garza, What the City Gave Us, detail, painting on canvas, 2019