“Looks Good, Tastes Good: Native American Colors, Designs, and Foods”
By Jeanné Schaser
THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Discovery Park Campus will present a free family friendly lecture on Saturday, April 24, at 6:30 p.m., in the Jupiter Room of Discovery Park Campus, entitled, “Looks Good, Tastes Good: Native American Colors, Designs, and Food.” This lecture, presented by dean of Discovery Park Campus Harry Swanson, will explore color and design elements, along with their possible meanings, used by ancient Southwestern Native Americans in their basketry, pottery, fiber work, and rock art.
“What a great chance to get together and learn a few things about ancient ritual beliefs and art,” says Swanson. “I think participants will also be very surprised at the tasty nature of some of the ubiquitous and prosaic plant foods folks thrived on 900 years ago. The neatest thing is that people today can use these same foods for good, nutritious meals!”
“Following the lecture,” continues Swanson, “all participants will be treated to small snacks made from traditional food sources such as mesquite beans and prickly pear cactus. As has become our tradition, visitors will also be given a chance to win small prizes made by staff and work study students and books donated by some of our regular participants.”
For more information about this event or about Discovery Park Campus, contact Swanson at (928) 428-6260.