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Black Oaks Revealed: A deep dive into their cultural significance for Indigenous Communities

January 14, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

| Free – $10

Join Clint McKay, Pepperwood’s Indigenous Education Coordinator, as he talks about Pepperwood’s Black Oaks and their cultural significance to the first inhabitants of this land. In this special webinar, Clint will discuss the impact of the Native Advisory Council at Pepperwood, and the state of the current Black Oaks Project. This endeavor supports Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and land stewardship practices to give us a unique opportunity to pair the cultural significance of Black Oaks with a dedicated approach to stewarding specific trees at Pepperwood to create optimal habitats for them to thrive.

Clint is the descendant of several important local culture bearers that include the late Laura Fish Somersal and the late Mabel McKay. He is a Native speaker of the Wappo language and he also speaks some Pomo and is himself a culture bearer with extensive Native historical knowledge, not only of Pepperwood but also of the entire region. McKay is a capable naturalist with a deep understanding of plant communities and traditional Wappo methods of nurturing them. He is a gifted basket weaver and has served as Chair of the California Indian Basket Weavers Association for two terms. McKay is also a traditional Wappo spiritual leader and he is the headman of a traditional dance group. McKay has a Master’s Degree in Indigenous Education.

This webinar will consist of a live multimedia presentation and include time for facilitated Q&A.

*This lecture will be held online using the Zoom Webinar platform. Once you register, you will be emailed the link and instructions on how to join the Zoom Webinar at the scheduled time. You can join this event using a computer, smartphone, or tablet – in your web browser or by downloading the Zoom application.


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