My ethnobotany calendar arrived today from WaterTurtleWeaver and it’s great!! The photos are sharp and luscious. They are placed around a smallish black calendar page that is without holidays and such. I think that was a wise choice, because it reinforces the idea of the rhythm of seasonality of the plants and activities shown in each month.
I was always interested in plants, I think, from the time Mom first started carting my brother and me around to the various landscaping centers in Southern California. (There were some pretty amazing ones there in the late fifties.) Later in an Oregon college, I studied botany with an interest in native plants.
Little did I know that my brother would be the one to experience a botanical life, with my sister-in-law. Her exploration and development of her heritage as a weaver, and teacher are admirable.
In any event, based on the acknowledgements at the back of the calendar, it’s clear that it was the result of a huge collaboration of people and organizations, dedicated to the idea presenting native plants and indigenous peoples’ use of them.
If you want a calendar, or to see some of her projects go to the WaterTurtleWeaver website HERE. If you are interested learning more about ethnobotany, especially in Southern California, try Deborah Small HERE.