9:30 onwards, Meet and Greet
Join us at the morning table for connection, conversation or crafts, or nurture your spirit with a morning walk or meditation in the beautiful grounds of the Irvine Ranch Water District "Duck Club". Bring your tea or coffee, and if you rsvp we'll bring a morning snack.
Whose footsteps are we actually following in? How did they live together with the earth and her treasures? What were their community practices, and how did they use plants as food and as medicine?
Please join us in Irvine, CA, at Greet The Day's 6th annual Nurturing the Nurturer program for a morning of grounding and connection. Connect with our local heritage and nurture your own well-being.
Cost: There is no charge for this Nurturing the Nurturer program.
Registration requested: RSVP and REGISTRATION THRU E-VITE ONLY. Link to e-vite
About our Guest Speaker: Matthew Teutimez is the son of John Teutimez Jr., Elder of the Kizh-Gabrieleno Band of Mission Indians and is the nephew to Chief Ernie P. Teutimez-Salas. Matthew is an active member of the Gabrieleño Band of Mission Indians – Kizh Nation and has served as Tribal Biologist since 2010. Mr. Teutimez was taught Kizh Gabrieleño cultural knowledge by Chief Ernie P. Teutimez-Salas along with multiple elders of the Kizh Gabrieleño Tribe.
Mr. Teutimez received both his Bachelor of Science degree and his Master of Science degree from California State University, Long Beach and has become the Tribe’s specialist in ethnobotanical and cultural uses of native plants and animals as well as historical natural resource distributions within the traditional Kizh tribal territory.
12:30 - 1:30 Brown Bag Lunch
Bring your own brown-bag or pot luck contribution for a picnic lunch with friends old and new.
11:00 - 12:30 Guest Speaker Program
The Gabrieleño were a semi-nomadic hunter-gatherer tribe who lived sustainably off the native plant and animal life. They were the people who canoed out to greet Spanish explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo upon his arrival off the shores of Santa Catalina and San Pedro in 1542. First known by the Spanish as Kichireños “people of the willow houses", there were an estimated 5,000 in the region when the first Spanish settlers arrived in 1771. They once inhabited all of Los Angeles County, as well as parts of Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange County.
The Kizh had a rich language, culture, social structure, and religion, involving song, dance, poetry, and handicrafts. Their religious beliefs viewed humanity not as “the focus of creation” but rather a part in a larger web of life. The primary religious responsibility of people was to act as caregivers of the earth.
Mr. Teutimez's discussion in this guest speaker program will pertain to the prehistoric origin of the Kizh Tribe and their traditional knowledge and use of the native flora and fauna within southern California. He will discuss how Science is now describing the mechanisms involved in how these phytochemicals work within the human body and their efficacy for today's ailments. The Kizh Tribe still produces food and medicine from the native flora to treat a number of common ailments such as fevers, colds, inflammation, acne, and pain and Matthew will discuss the properties and functions of these medicines and how today's generation can still benefit from these natural elements.