Indigenous Agave Practice

Tasting: Local Agave Sprits and Tradition

Agave has been a mainstay of culture in the Americas for millenia: food, drink, tool, spirit, utilitarian, sacred. Adaptations to aridity represented by both agave and people hold critical insights into how to live in the desert. The Agave Renaissance lecture series looks closely at these adaptations and the reciprocal relationship between this desert plant and people. Through presentations, roundtable discussions, tastings, and art we will collectively reconnect to the importance of agave, how this relationship in threatened by climate change and our actions, and also how a resilient future is embedded in the heart of a plant.

For this series, Club Congress and El Crisol will be offering tastings of agave spirits. If you'd like to participate, register for the presentation portion of the tasting and click the link to the Hotel Congress Bottle Shop to make a purchase of agave spirits to enjoy at home during the presentation.

Indigenous Agave Practice

March 10 at 6 PM

Jacob Butler, Onk Akimel O'Odhab and member of the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC), Community Garden Coordinator for SRPMIC, Chair Native Seeds Search

Cheryl Pailzote, White Mountain Apache Tribe

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Tasting: Local Agave Sprits and Tradition

March 11 at 6 PM

Paco Cantu, El Crisol

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The use of agave by people is an unbroken string that stretches for millenia. Multiple cultures and multiple lifeways have evolved wherever agave occurs, and in many places where it was introduced by people due to its utility. The use of agave takes a myriad of forms that both remain consistent from region to region but also have an infinite variety that reflect culture and ingenuity. We will gain insight to these traditions of use in our region by Native Nations and regional producers.


6 p.m. March 10, 2021 to 7:30 p.m. March 11, 2021