“Food is all around us. The way my mother said it was lovely, meaningful, and true. It was as true in the early 1940s, the years of my childhood, as it is today, more than seventy years later she would tell me this when I followed along as she tended the plants in her Victory garden: that we Indians would never starve. This wasn’t because of the precious vegetables she carefully raised in her garden, but because there is food all around us. All we had to do was know when to collect and how to prepare the many foods that are created for us and all the other living beings living here. There is enough for all.” –Kathleen Rose Smith from her book “Enough For All, Foods Of My Dry Creek Pomo And Bodega Miwuk People, ” published by Heyday Press in 2014.
Kathleen Rose Smith (Bodega Miwuk/Dry Creek Pomo) is a member of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. She grew up in the Healdsburg area. Her book “Enough For All” draws on knowledge accumulated and handed down through generations of Southern Pomo tribes. The book celebrates California Indian food gathering and preparation, and the social and spiritual aspects as well. Kathleen Smith’s family stories, recipes and philosophy are interspersed with her original artwork creating a small gem that pays tribute to generations of Indian people living in their ancestral homelands.
The cover photo of the book pictured at the top are of wild grapes gathered by Kathleen Rose Smith in 1979 in the homeland of her mother Lucy Lozinto Smith (Mihilakawna Pomo), along Warm Springs Creek, which is now beneath the waters of Lake Sonoma behind Warm Springs Dam. The grapes sit atop a basket made by prominent basket weaver Elsie Allen (Makahmo Pomo) as a fiftieth wedding anniversary present for the author’s parents.