Join us for a campus plant walk inspired by Occidental College's 2023 Community Book selection, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer.
Led by Joel Garcia (Meztli Projects) and professors Gretchen North, Jocelyn Pedersen, this plant walk is an opportunity to learn about and build relationships with the plants on campus and around Fiji Hill. There will be a focus on Native plants, and the way these plants can be used to create inks and dyes. This event is free, all ages, and open to all.
The walk will start at Sycamore Glen on Occidental College's camps. You can find Sycamore Glen on an interactive map here: https://map.oxy.edu/?id=1103#!m/267722
At the end of the walk, there will be an optional gallery visit at OXY ARTS to see The Iridescence of Knowing - a group exhibition featuring work by 16 First Peoples artists exploring the rich lineage of Indigenous cultural production in Tovaangar, known today as the greater Los Angeles basin.
Oxy Students: Join us for a follow up workshop to the walk on November 17th. At this hands on workshop, we will create artwork using natural dyes created using local plants we collected during the plant walk.