Yake Hintil Ma’a Kaieeholo (taqhohai) and Toon’o

Food Sovereignty: We Still Gather Our Indian Foods of Kelp and Seaweed  (central Pomo language)

Lori Laiwa Thomas

Enrolled Hopland Band of Pomo Indians, Descendant of Coast Miwok and Huchnom), Native American Studies Instructor-Tenure Track, Santa Rosa Junior College, Department of Ethnic Studies

Monday March 20th, 1-2 pm (PST)

Laiwa Thomas is a traditional food expert indigenous to the coastal region of the North Central California coast. This lecture/discussion will center on the importance of traditional foods within California, especially the Boya Pomo coastal community where she was raised on her father’s reservation located three miles from the Pacific Ocean. Laiwa Thomas will discuss food sovereignty, challenges and limitations to gathering/harvesting, future plans for harvesting kelp and seaweed, and share stories which connect current day Boya/Pdahau people with specific places along the north central coast.