I have no idea just what to make of this EventBrite invitation. It is either brilliant satire, or another sign that the environmental mentality is truly beyond recovery. I fear the latter possibility.
September 24, Thursday: The Multispecies Salon presents, Suburban Foraging: Acorn Mush, featuring a discussion with Kimberly Tallbear (University of Alberta), Linda Noel (Koyungkawi poet) & Henry Horn (Princeton University) and with Tom Boellstorff (UC Irvine) as a virtual guest.
For acorn gathering: meet in Guyot 100 at 10:00am.
Lunch & discussion: 12:30pm-2:00pm, Guyot 100.
Native plants and peoples persist in suburbs that have been altered by long histories of white settler colonialism and commercial development. The Pomo people, of northern California, have explored a shared politics of resistance with plants—responding to legacies that have displaced both people and other species. Oak trees yield acorns, which can be cooked into a bitter mush that brings Pomo memories of massacres, forced marches, and internment to mind. This event will orbit around a recipe for acorn mush, by Linda Noel and Kimberly Tallbear, as well as an essay by Tom Boellstorff “Botanical Decolonization: Rethinking Native Plants.” We will collect acorns together at 10:00, and then discuss the two essays over lunch at 12:30. Acorn mush will be available for sampling.
Well I suspect the “mush” part is accurate.
[Hat tip: Richard Samuelson.]