Last Friday Lecture Series – Saging the World Film Screening
October 27 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
This event will be held in-person at the Trailhead visitor center in Avalon, CA and will not be streamed online.
Saging the World Film Screening
Join us for an in-person screening of the documentary Saging the World, produced by Rose Ramirez, Deborah Small, and the California Native Plant Society to foster awareness and inspire action for white sage and its importance to indigenous communities. Following the film screening, producer Rose Ramirez will speak about her involvement with the film and host a Q&A panel with participants.
Sage smudging has become a viral trend, common in movies, TV shows, social media, and cleansing rituals—people burning sage bundles in the hope of purifying space and clearing bad energy. Instead of healing, the appropriated use of saging in popular culture is having a harmful effect.
Indigenous communities have tended a relationship with white sage for thousands of generations. White sage (Salvia apiana) only occurs in southern California and northern Baja California, Mexico. Today, poachers are stealing metric tons of this plant from the wild to supply international demand. The documentary film Saging the World spotlights the ecological and cultural issues intertwined with white sage, centering on the voices of Native advocates who have long protected and cherished this plant.
For more information on the film and ways to protect white sage, visit the CNPS Saging the World web pages.
Rose Ramirez (Chumash/Yaqui Ancestry)
Rose is co-director and co-producer of Saging the World, an award winning film about white sage’s popularity and its impact on the Native Community and the environment. She is an artist, photographer, filmmaker, writer, California Indian Basketweaver, and co-author of the Ethnobotany Project: Contemporary Uses of Native Plants of Southern California and Northern Baja California Indians. She documents and writes about native foods, plants, people, basketry, and artists.