Youngsters had the opportunity to taste “Wiwish,” the Cahuilla Indian’s traditional acorn meal, during Acorn Day held at the Idyllwild Nature Center on Saturday, Oct. 15. Park Interpreter Shelley Kibbey offers the treat to Alberto Cardenas from Hemet as his brother, Diego, looks on. At left is Carolyn McCarthy, who along with her husband Daniel McCarthy (not shown), Forest Service archeologist and tribal representative, presented a historical perspective on the traditional harvesting and usage of acorns. Photos by Cid Castillo

Arts and crafts were the highlight of Acorn Day held at the Idyllwild Nature Center this weekend. Creating art using acorns and other natural items are Annika Swenson, left, and Nancie Helders, two of many youngsters who came to learn and play.

Attendees to the Idyllwild Nature Center’s “Acorn Day” listen to the haunting sounds of ancient Indian songs. Cahuilla Indian Bill Madrigal, right, came from the Cahuilla Indian Reservation in Anza to perform for the event.