This is a rerun - I published this post originally in November 2020 - but check it out if you missed it last year. Many of us think we know the story of Thanksgiving, but there are many myths. This post also has a link to a 2019 blog post about mammoths and the origins of pumpkin pie - an interesting story.
Flooding that filled the Central Valley region of California to the point of becoming an inland sea, with water lapping from the Coast Ranges to the Sierra Nevada foothills, was part of Native American oral traditions. And that is exactly what happened in the Great Flood of 1862. If a similar major flood occurs, there will be catastrophic consequences.
Celebrations of the Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, involve traditions to remember and honor deceased family members and friends. In this post we examine a few customs around death, beginning with the mummification practices of ancient Andeans and ending with a street parade in Mexico City, inspired by the death-defying feats of James Bond.