Today basic survival for most of us means regular trips to the supermarket or the hardware store. But imagine living in the Sonoran Desert five hundred years ago. Everything you needed came from right here. This virtual two-part course explores local fiber resources and individual plant species ancient native peoples of the Sonoran Desert as well as many modern ethnic groups such as Tohono O'odham, Yaqui, Mayo, Guarijio, Seri, Pai Pai have traditionally used. Participants will be inspired and encouraged to experiment with ethnobotanical materials to make their own cordage at home and discover materials and tools they might encounter in their own backyards or neighborhoods.
Join Desert Museum’s Research Associate and recipient of the Southwestern Folklife Alliance Master- Apprentice Award Jesús García and explore the variety of fibers used by native peoples in the Sonoran Desert region. Come away with a new view of the desert's hidden fibers and some great sense of place activities to share with others.