By Josephine Grant Peters
During this outstanding ebook Josephine Peters, a respected northern California Indian elder and local healer, stocks her mammoth, lifelong cultural and plant knowledge. The e-book starts with Josephine's personal and tribal heritage and gathering ethics. Josephine then instructs the reader in medicinal and plant food preparations and deals an illustrated catalog of the makes use of and doses of over one hundred sixty vegetation. At a time of the commercialization of conventional ecological wisdom, Peters provides her wealthy culture on her personal phrases, and in keeping with her religious convictions approximately how her wisdom may be shared. This quantity is key for somebody operating in ethnobotany, ethnomedicine, environmental anthropology, local American experiences, and Western and California tradition and heritage.
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We talked and told stories, and it turned out to be a wonderful day. I hope that we can get together again soon to enjoy the mountains and share stories about that dance and the up-river Jump Dance training Pateisha is getting now. (Personal communication, with Beverly Ortiz July 13, 2005) A Cu lt u ral Ren aissan ce Josephine grew up in an era of transition, when the practice of cultural traditions, such as basketry and ceremonies, was in decline. After the whites came in here, they tried to rule all of us—tell us what to do, and take things away from us, like weaving baskets.
Chief Su-Worhrom) organized summertime cultural shows for various events, including county and state fairs as far away as Anadarko, Oklahoma. Through these shows, he wanted to dispel the negative images that the print and visual media promulgated about American Indians: Everybody hated Indians at that time. ] Pop Risling, Vivien’s dad, wanted to show people that Indians weren’t bad, and that they didn’t have to be afraid of them. ] They had a culture. They knew how to do different things. Su-Worhrom was a Karuk village where David’s grandfather and other family members were the dance givers.
We used to go down to the barn and walk the poles across the top of the hay. â•›. We tried everything. [laughs] An old donkey was fun to ride. When the donkey had enough, it would run under an apple tree and scrape the children off. The Somes Bar covered bridge, which washed out in the 1955 flood, provided an unusual source of diversion during Josephine’s grammar school years in the late 1920s and early 1930s. The children would climb underneath it. From the inside they made their voices echo. Barrels on either end of the bridge held water in case a fire erupted.