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“Mescal Agave Use in Arizona: Food, Fiber, and Vessel” – Third Thursday Food for Thought Presentation

January 16, 2020 @ 6:00 am - 8:30 pm

Agaves at sunset photo by Allen Dart

On Thursday, January 16, 2020, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m., join Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s “Third Thursday Food for Thought” dinner featuring the presentation “Mescal Agave Use in Arizona: Food, Fiber, and Vessel” at El Molinito Mexican Restaurant, 10180 N. Oracle Rd., Oro Valley, Arizona; cosponsored by Arizona Humanities. The presentation is free – order your own dinner off of the restaurant’s menu at your expense.

The agave plant, also known as mescal (not mescaline), was used by Native peoples for numerous utilitarian items. Mescal served as a valuable food source still being harvested and prepared to this day by many Indigenous groups. For millennia people have pit-roasted the heart of the plant yielding a nutritious food staple rich in calcium and zinc. This talk includes the life history of mescal, and the multitude of Tribal uses of this intriguing plant and their long relationship with this plant from centuries ago to the modern era. Guest speaker Carrie Cannon, a member of the Kiowa tribe of Oklahoma and also of Oglala Lakota descent, is an ethnobotanist for the Hualapai Tribe’s Department of Cultural Resources. Carrie Cannon is a Native American Ethnobotanist for the Hualapai Tribe’s Department of Cultural Resources. This program is made possible by Arizona Humanities.

Reservations must be requested AND CONFIRMED before 5 p.m. on the Wednesday before the program date: info@oldpueblo.org or 520-798-1201. PLEASE WAIT TO HEAR FROM OLD PUEBLO WHETHER YOUR RESERVATION HAS BEEN CONFIRMED BEFORE ATTENDING because the Fire Code limits how many guests we can have in the restaurant meeting room. Guests may select and purchase their own dinners from the restaurant’s menu. There is no entry fee but donations will be requested to benefit Old Pueblo’s educational efforts.

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January 16, 2020
6:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Allen Dart


El Molinito Mexican Restaurant
10180 N. Oracle Rd.
Tucson, AZ United States
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