ERIC Number: ED231597
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Kaicka. Seed Saving the Papage-Pima Way. A Guide for Desert Gardeners and Farmers. Sourcebook.
Nabhan, Gary; And Others
Developed for desert gardeners and farmers, the guide describes "kaicka" (the storing of seeds)--seed saving the Papago-Pima way. Setting the mood for the document, the introductory material contains the story of kaicka via a dialog between a child and his grandfather (presented in Papago and English). The additional sections which make use of examples and stories (with Papago-Pima vocabulary interspersed and translated) teach the lessons concerning cultural preservation through seed care and handling. Sections include: "Saving What Our Ancestors Gave Us"; "Seed Storage Problems"; "Traditional Seed Saving Practices"; "Selecting Seeds from the Best Plants You Can Find"; "Cleaning, Threshing and Drying Seeds (Corn; Beans and Peas; How to Make a Flail; Squash, Melons, and Gourds; Wheat and Other Small Grains; Chiles)"; "Storing Seeds at Home"; "How Long Can Seeds Be Kept and Still Be Good for Planting?"; "Germination Tests: Checking to See if Seed Will Sprout"; "Names for Papago-Pima Crops"; and "Off-Reservation Sources of the Old Kinds of Seeds." The section dealing with the names for Papago-Pima crops contains the English, Papago, Spanish, and scientific names for the crops, and the section on off-reservation sources contains seven addresses of places to write for more information about special kinds of seeds that the "Old People" used to have. Concluding the guide is a list of further readings. (AH)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Meals for Millions/Freedom from Hunger Foundation, Tucson, AZ.