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Virtual Exhibit - Heritage Project

In 2019, the seventh and eighth graders' Heritage Project focused on ethnobotany (the science of cultural plant use) and traditional games of Kumeyaay/Diegueño People. Students learned "herbarium standards" (proper care for a collection of preserved plant specimens) and techniques to preserve plant specimens while researching and writing about traditional uses of plants for dietary, medicinal, and utilitarian purposes. They also learned about different games played by Kumeyaay/Diegueño People: some for fun and some to teach young people important skills for life.

Heritage Project classes were held from March 7, 2019 to April 11, 2019. Classes met for forty-five minutes on a weekly basis. Each of the participating students was assigned one plant specimen from the Native Plant Garden. Jennifer Stone (Assistant Curator) instructed the students in the preservation of dried plant samples and how to make a herbarium quality specimen. In addition to this, the students also made their own Pshok set – a traditional dice game played by the Kumeyaay/Diegueño women.

Acknowledgements:

Krystal Baker, 7th and 8th Grade Teacher

Austin McKeever, Barona Indian Charter School Principal

 

Lloyd Sabin, Carpenter Extraordinaire

IT/Site Design:  Erin Payne

7th Grade Students: Gabrielise Little, Tanner Quiroz, Ana Lopez, Xoraya Montoya, Dane Montiel, Daniela Quintero, Triston Parada, Mia Hernandez, Erika Osuna, Thalia Doerr, Zack Pluma, and Raul Guzman.


8th Grade Students: Angie Lopez, Marshal Mair, Malia Richardson, Kyle Barrett, Konrad Rust, Morelia de la Sancha, and Deziree Dudoit.


Barona Museum Staff:  Jennifer Stone