The Clarke Historical Museum presents:
Wild Teas Tea-tasting and presentation
A multisensory adventure into understanding native plants that have been used by local tribes in teas since time immemorial.
Join us at Potawot Health Village where a small group of presenters, featuring local tribal member Dessa Gunning from the Trinidad Rancheria, explain the names and uses for the various plants that are in the tea blends, along with how tea is traditionally collected and prepared.
Each attendee will receive a collectible mug, informational booklet illustrated by Clarke intern Josh Overington, and samples of locally grown teas, along with appetizers by Brett Shuler Fine Catering.
When: May 15th, 2pm PT
Where: Potawot Health Village, 1600 Weeot Way, Arcata
or YouTube (link provided after tickets are purchased)
Cost: $40 per person. Includes: admission to the presentation, mug, teas, booklet, appetizers, and entry for the special door prize drawing.
Note: Tickets for in-person attendance are limited to 90 people, but "program only" tickets for those who want to attend virtually can be purchased for $10 per person.
We ask that participants wear masks unless actively eating or drinking.
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.
You can purchase the YouTube link and information booklet below!
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Link to Wild Teas Presentation and Illustrated Booklet
Presentation via YouTube Link and copy of the informational booklet, written by presenter Dessa Gunning and illustrated by Josh Overington.
Thank you to our generous sponsors and collaborators who have made this event possible!
Cher-Ae Heights Casino
Potawot Community Garden
United Indian Health Services
The "Wild Teas Gang"