Bedouins in Baja: how hospitality, self reliance and independence became the backbone of ranchero culture in Baja California Sur.
8 arms, 3 hearts, a huge brain and a body that’s so suffused with its nervous system that there’s no clear brain-body boundary. Imagine the things such a creature could get up to, then read about the amazing reality of the octopus.
The Cuevas family has lived on El Pardito, a rock in the Sea of Cortez, for 4 generations. This story charts the family’s journey from shark hunting to ocean conservation, and some of the stops along the way.
The potential discovery of a new whale species has given a weary world a happy reminder that the earth still has joyful mysteries to share, that local boys from small towns can still make huge contributions to science, and that in Baja, right when we need them the most, the whales can still be relied upon to appear to fill us with wonder and inspire us with their 50 million years of sustainably inhabiting the earth.
Missionary vs medicine man. Local knowledge vs. global education. El Camino Real and the beginning of the end for the indians of Baja California Sur and the Jesuits who sought to save their souls.
“Rock, stone, mosaics, ceramics. These are the lasting materials of any civilization,” says Donna Billick, the founder of Billick Rock Art in Davis, California and Todos Artes in Todos Santos, Baja California Sur. “Rock art is the only uninterrupted communication throughout human history of who we are culturally. It is a statement of who we are in our time as well as the transmission of ourselves through time. When you look back across the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, China, Mesoamerica, you will find ceramics and mosaics embedded in the culture, still informing us today in vibrant and dynamic detail about those ancient lives lived.”
A truth that has been known in the area for centuries: the ranchers of Baja California Sur are some of the most gracious and welcoming hosts on the planet.
Mahi mahi straight from Agustin’s boat, strawberries with crème freche right out of Agricole, Nasturtium-adorned salads fresh from Jan’s farm, zillions of mangos, right from your own tree. This is the type of food security enjoyed by many residents of Baja California Sur (BCS). All fresh, all delicious, all healthy – and always obtainable in season.
“Right then and there we decided that instead of cleaning up areas incidentally when we were out diving, we’d start diving with the purposeful intent of cleaning these natural areas.”