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Indigenous Peoples’ Use of California Native Plants

October 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Top two photos: Basket, mortar, and pestle. Image: Great Valley Museum. Bottom three photos: Denise Godbout-Avant.

Top two images: Great Valley Museum; Bottom three images: Denise Godbout-Avant.

Join us to learn how the original people of California used native plants in their everyday lives!

The Indigenous people of California lived here for thousands of years, during which time they made the most of what California’s various habitats offered them. In the Great Central Valley, they lived in small villages and moved according to the cycles of the seasons and years. They gathered, hunted, and fished the plants and animals of their world, using them in myriad ways. Learn about some of the native plants utilized by the Valley indigenous people, and how they used them in a sustainable manner, which included plant management and using controlled burns.
Free and open to all! (all presentations are recorded and placed in our YouTube channel @NSJV_CNPS

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Denise Godbout; Image: Richard Avant
Denise Godbout-Avant; Image: Richard Avant

Speaker: Denise Godbout-Avant

Denise has been a Stanislaus County UC Master Gardener since 2020. Her career was spent in science education which included working as a lab technician doing research in microbiology and plant physiology at Shell Lab and as the anatomy-physiology lab technician at Modesto Junior College. She was also a biology labs adjunct instructor at Merced College, an editor for a college science books/lab manuals publishing company, and the outreach education coordinator at the Great Valley Museum (GVM). Since retiring she has been a docent for GVM, doing tours for schools and the public, training new docents, and curating two exhibits. She is on the committee for MJC’s Science Colloquium, a STEM speakers’ series. As a Master Gardener, she gives talks, helps at events and workshops, and writes for their blog, the Stanislaus Sprout.

During her years at GVM, she became interested in how the original people of California lived. She has continued to learn during retirement, including expanding her knowledge of their use of native plants as a Master Gardener and a museum docent.


October 14
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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North San Joaquin Valley