The Clarke Historical Museum presents: Wild Teas
A virtual tea-tasting and presentation
Tickets for the full event are now sold out and ticket sales for Standing Room Only are now closed.
A multisensory adventure into understanding native plants that have been used by local tribes in teas since time immemorial. Each participant will receive a collectible mug designed by local artist Pen and Pine, a sample of locally grown teas, and access to a Zoom link where a small group of presenters--featuring local tribal member Dessa Gunning from the Trinidad Rancheria--will explain the names and uses for the various plants that are in the tea blends. Museum staff will also share some of the baskets used to collect and prepare tea.
Also included in this event is the chance to win a unique and lovely door prize: a handmade tea pot and four matching cups made by Jessica Lourence (Hupa/Yurok) of JelCeramics. The set is valued at $280 and will packaged in a handmade redwood box by Kenny Childs (Yurok).
When: January 24th, 4pm PT
Where: Zoom (link provided after tickets are purchased)
Cost: $30 per person. Includes: mug, teas, access to the presentation, and entry for the special door prize drawing.
Note: Tickets for the entire package are limited to 50 people, but "program only" tickets for those who want to attend the program but not receive teas or the mug can be purchased for $10 per person.
Biography for our lead presenter, Dessa Gunning
Nek new Dessa Gunning
My Name Is
Ne peechuwos wee aa-wok Herbert King
My Grandfather is Died
Ne kue-chos wew aa-wok Mayme Kaparisis
My Grandmother is Died
Nep-sech wew aa-wok Ken King Sr.
My Father is Died
Ne chek wew aa-wok May King
My mother is Died
Mey’-u-me’-chok Yurok, Tolowa and Chectco, Honduran and English these are people I come from.
Where I come from
Keech owk’ wey’-ko Trinidad Rancheria
Where do I live now?
I was a sickly child and I would spend two weeks or longer with my kue-chos in the summer I had uncontrolled Asthma and many allergies. when I stayed with Kue-chos she would make me all sorts of tea. It was not until I spent time with my aa-wok Aunt Juanita Samuels that I learned what all those teas where and how they helped me. She was a master Herbalist. I learned about local teas that grow wild around us and their medicinal value. It changed how I look at that simple cup of tea realizing it was a healing living thing that created wellbeing. I now share this knowledge with my tribe and others by providing cultural programs and as a Librarian for Trinidad Rancheria.
This is the first session of a four-part series on teas and local history. Each session will include a sample of teas and a themed mug designed by Pen & Pine. Depending upon what the future holds, we hope to be able to hold these events in-person!
Thank you to our generous sponsors and collaborators who have made this event possible!
Cher-Ae Heights Casino
Potawot Community Garden
The "Wild Teas Gang"
Shirley Laos, Pat Bitton, Lynn Sturgis, Dana Fredsti, and Katie Buesch