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Indigenous Peoples Club hosts herbal tea workshop

(left to right) Jesse Grijalva, biology major, and Donna Delgadillo, president of the indigenous people club, preparing custom tea bags during the herbal tea workshop in the South Gymnasium at City College Tuesday, March 3, 2020. (Arturo Gomez/[email protected])

Small plastic bags filled with dried herbs, flowers and spices sat on a white tablecloth spread on a round table. Donna Delgadillo, president of the Indigenous Peoples Club at City College, guided a group of students in creating their own tea mixtures while explaining the benefits of what they were creating.

The Indigenous Peoples Club hosted the herbal tea workshop March 2 in the Cultural Engagement Center to provide information about different types of herbal tea remedies, specifically focusing on digestive health.

“I really wanted to focus on herbs that help with good digestive biomes in your stomach because that’s where you fight off immunities,” explained Delgadillo, who is studying music, native studies and gerontology at City College. She wants to pursue a career in musical therapy for native elders.

The Indigenous Peoples Club is a support group for native students at City College that was established in 2008. Delgadillo is its current president, and City College professor Sherri Patton is the club’s adviser.

The Indigenous Peoples club meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month in the Cultural Engagement Center, presenting workshops on topics such as herbal remedies, food for sustainability and beading arts.

Delgadillo provided all of the herbs, flowers and spices, and grew some herself. She supplied students with d tea fillers, cups, spoons, bamboo toothpicks and hot water. Delgadillo also provided a handout for students that outlined various herbs that aid in digestion.

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“My cousin is going to take me to go gather,” said Tanaria Vinas, a student participant, eager to do search for her own herbs. “We’re going to go gather some sage.”

In the intimate setting students could ask questions about the herbs and how they contribute to better health. City College student Jesse Grijalva used the handout to take notes on the different tea mixtures that he made. 

“When my daughter was a baby, I would give her formula, and I would give her chamomile at least once a week so it would be better for her to go to the restroom,” said club member Yessenia Patino.

Delgadillo hosts a series of different herbal remedy workshops every month and has other events planned for the Indigenous People’s Club; including an art and fashion show, which will allow people from different tribes to showcase their art and clothing. She said she also hopes to sponsor a concert featuring speakers to discuss the epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Dates for the upcoming events have yet to be announced. 

“This is what I love to do,” Delgadillo said. “My whole goal as president of the Indigenous Peoples Club is to bring back culture and [teach] how to have a healthier life and sustainability.”

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