Our final photoshoot as a class was at the Rincon reservation in Valley Center, CA. We learned about the effort the Native Americans are putting in to help restore their native plants into several gardens. These gardens were located right next to a peaceful creek that ran on the side of the hills. They are separated into four sections with one facing the ocean, one the desert, one the mountains, and one the valley. After the students helped plant, Dr. Joely Proudfit, a proud descendant of the Pechanga band of Luiseño, talked about the history of the reservation and the struggles of its restoration.
Right here at Cal State San Marcos we have an Indian Garden with Native plants. Our class walked across campus and witness a ceremony being given by Erasto Camacena. Students from other classes brought offerings to the garden, such as bananas and apples, and Erasto went through them and explained to us which each meant in the ritual. He also took buring sage and walked around letting the smoke hit everyone as part of the ceremony. Afterwards, students helped adding plants to the garden. It was a good experience because I had no idea that we had something like this on our very own campus. Here are some of my photos from that day.