This edition of the Dorothy Ramon Learning Center August 2020 newsletter has been reprinted in full.
In this newsletter we explore paanihac (Serrano), pasal (Cahuilla), pashal (Luiseño), ‘ilépesh (Barbareño Chumash), nulh’amulh (Kumeyaay), or chia, as this sage plant (Salvia columbariae) is known in a few local Southern California languages. Chia’s tiny seeds offer an important Native American traditional energy food.
Dorothy Ramon remembered in Serrano:
“‘Amay kwenemu’ ‘uviht chaway tengek nerneerm taaqtam ‘uviht. …
By Brandee Galan, intern for Women in Science Discovering our Mojave
I was born and raised in San Bernardino, 60 miles east of Los Angeles. It’s part of the Inland Empire and sits at the base of the San Bernardino Mountains. San Bernardino is known for being part of the Route 66, the first McDonald’s establishment, and the National Orange Show. At times San Bernardino gets a bad rap, but I am very proud to be from there. I appreciate the rich history and the diversity of culture and people that reside in city.
I believe my first early inspirational experience that got me involved in studying Geography/Environmental Studies at California State Univeristy, San Bernardino was my fascination with dinosaurs and watching Captain Planet cartoons as a child. I wanted to be a ‘Planeteer’ and protect Mother Nature. Another big influence was living so close to Little Mountain Drive, a mountain in between Shandin Hills Golf course and Shandin Hills Middle School. My house was positioned across the street from Little Mountain. I would see the sheep grazing every spring and early summer to keep the grass low to prevent it from catching fire. I would spend time hiking, sledding, and exploring the mountain with my family. …
National parks often contain private land within their borders. This can be problematic when it comes to managing natural resources. The Mojave Desert Land Trust plays an important role in conserving these lands by acquiring them from willing sellers and conveying them over to the National Park Service. MDLT has now conveyed more tracts of land to the National Parks system than any nonprofit since 2006.
There is an outdoor classroom deep in the Mojave National Preserve. …