“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in San Diego County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Morteros Memories

Morteros Memories Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, March 13, 2022
1. Morteros Memories Marker
Of all the food preparation sites associated with tribal villages and camps, the bowl-like mortero (`ehmuu in Kumeyaay) is the most enduring. Sites like this one were natural kitchens. Hour by hour, Kumeyaay women used the shallow depressions in granite bedrock to grind foods and medicines.

The memory of labor lingers on in bedrock smoothed by repetitive motion. Rock on rock, over and over again. A woman's back would be hunched over, her shoulders coiled to strike, her hands ready to grind, mash, and roll. The rhythm must have been hypnotic, and the sound oddly musical like the percussion section in a band. Can you almost hear it?
Erected by California State Parks.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & ArchaeologyNative Americans.
Location. 33° 0.532′ N, 116° 22.702′ W. Marker is in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California, in San Diego County. Marker is on Pictographs Trailhead road just west of Little Blair Valley Road.
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High ground clearance vehicle required. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Julian CA 92036, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pictographs (approx. 1.3 miles away); Butterfield Overland Mail Route (approx. 2.4 miles away); Vallecito Stage Station (approx. 2.8 miles away); Box Canyon (approx. 3.8 miles away); Vallecito-Butterfield Stage Station (approx. 8.3 miles away); San Felipe (approx. 8.9 miles away); Pedro Fages Trail (approx. 9.6 miles away); Palm Spring (approx. 11.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
Morteros Memories Marker and Trail image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, March 13, 2022
2. Morteros Memories Marker and Trail
Credits. This page was last revised on June 20, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 16, 2022, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 408 times since then and 115 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 16, 2022, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.

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