Native Uses of Plants Through Time
Speaker: Jeannine Pederson
Date: May 21, 2015 (doors open 6:45 pm, Speaker at 7:30 pm)
Location: Duck Club, Irvine (Directions)
Archaeology is often associated with the discovery of huge tombs, glorious temples and impressive palaces. Yet it is in the discovery and examination of smaller things that we learn the most about civilizations past. In fact the recovery, identification, and interpretation of materials left behind by those living here in Orange County can tell us much about their uses of native plants over the years. After all, people have taken from and tended the land in Southern California for more than 12,000 years, and our native plants were used for food, medicine, to make tools, shelter and clothing. Join us for a fast moving lecture eploring the many different uses of local plants by the native Americans of our region, through an examination of the artifacts left behind over decade and centuries.
Jeannine Pederson is the Associate Curator for Archaeology at the Dr. John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center while also serving as a part-time faculty member in the Department of Anthropology at California State University Fullerton.
Jeannine received her Bachelor’s Degree in History and Anthropology from Marquette University and continued her studies at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL where she received a Master’s Degree in History and Museum Studies. Jeannine's primary passion is the care, study and interpretation of historical and archaeological artifacts and for the past 18 years she has worked in museums, historical agencies and archaeological repositories. She served as the Curator of the Catalina Island Museum for twelve years and has authored four books and numerous articles for local newspapers and websites.