Chairwoman Lucero of the Juañeno Band of Mission Indians Acjachemen Nation and board member for Earthroots Field School, will lead a 4-part hands-on, Ancestral Arts series.

This workshop will be hosted in partnership with Earthroots Field School at Big Oak Canyon, located on ancestral lands of the Juañeno Band of Mission Indians, Acjachemen Nation and neighboring Tongva/Gabrieleño and Luiseño tribes in the area known as Silverado Canyon. 

We are honored to partner with Heidi and hope you will join us for these traditional food, medicine, and material culture workshops. 

Who: Ages 16+
Where: Big Oak, Silverado Canyon

Price Per Workshop:

$35-60 (sliding scale)

Standard fee: $50
Supporters fee: $60
Supported fee: $35

Please pay at the level comfortable to you. We support paying it forward – when you pay more as a supporter, it will directly facilitate someone else to attend via the supported rate. 


Seed Beater 

Saturday, Jun 29, 2024 | 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Learn how to make a Southern California style seed beater* made of locally harvested Willow.  

*A seed beater is a woven tool made of sticks used by many California tribes. The seed beater is used to gather seeds from a mature plant by knocking their ripe seeds into the carrying basket below.

Tule Mat 

Saturday, Jul 13, 2024 | 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Learn how to weave a Tule mat out of this beautiful native plant. 

Traditional Medicine

Saturday, Aug 24, 2024* | 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Learn how to make Elderberry Syrup, California Bay Laurel Bug Spray, and Yerba Santa Tea. 

Acorn Processing

Saturday, Sep 28, 2024 | 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Learn how to process and eat acorns, the food source that has sustained Native people for many thousands of years. 

*August workshop location may be changed for cooler weather

What to bring

Please plan on arriving by 8:45 so you have plenty of time to park and walk to the meeting location so we can begin at 9:00. 
Please bring drinking water, a notebook, sun hat, comfortable walking shoes, and personal snacks.

Heidi Lucero

Heidi Lucero is the Chairwoman of the Juaneño Band of Mission Indians, Acjachemen Nation. She is an anthropologist, culture bearer, and an educator in the American Indian Department at California State University Long Beach with a focus on cultural sustainability. She is also on the Board of Directors for Earthroots.

Read our interview with Chairwoman Lucero.