Wild Teas with the Clarke Historical Museum
The Clarke Historical Museum invites the community to a multi-sensory adventure into learning about and understanding native plants that have been used by local tribes since time immemorial at a special Sunday afternoon tea on May 15th. Last year we did this as a virtual event and we are thrilled to be able to hold Wild Teas at beautiful Potawot Health Village.
Wild rose hips, yerba buena, and nettle have been used as healthful, tasty teas by local tribal communities for centuries. Thanks to support from sponsor United Indian Health Services, and sponsor Cher-Ae Heights Casino, the Museum is able to offer the community the opportunity to sample these teas and learn more about the plants and their roles in indigenous culture.
The cost for the full event package is $40, which includes: a custom-designed mug by Jenna Catsos of Pen & Pine; a selection of locally grown teas from Potawot Community Garden in Arcata; appetizers by Brett Shuler Fine Catering; a program booklet illustrated by scientific illustrator and Clarke intern Josh Overington; and an in-person presentation by Dessa Gunning, Librarian at the Trinidad Rancheria, explaining the names and uses for the various plants in the tea blends. Tickets are limited to 70 people.
Here’s Dessa, in her own words, explaining the value of local native teas in her life:
“I was a sickly child and would spend two weeks or longer with my kue-chos (grandmother) in the summer. I had uncontrolled asthma and many allergies. When I stayed with kue-chos, she would make me all sorts of teas. It was not until I spent time with my aa-wok Aunt Juanita Samuels, who was a master herbalist, that I learned what all those teas were and how they helped me. I learned about local teas that grow wild around us and their medicinal value, and 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.”
Participants will also have a chance to win door prizes, including a handmade teapot and four matching cups created by Hupa/Yurok ceramicist Jessica Lourence, valued at $280.
Tickets can be purchased on the Clarke Museum website at www.clarkemuseum.org/wild-