DISCOVERING OUR VALLEY 2011
You may have seen one of the many "botanica" stores in the San Fernando Valley, especially in areas with large Latino populations. To those unfamiliar to botanicas, these centers are viewed as religious or magical supply shops. They perform both of these functions but much more. Blending Native American, Cuban and African beliefs with Catholic ritual and symbolism, botanicas serve as religious centers, even temples to many San Fernando Valley residents.
Botanicas - Latino popular religious art in the City of Los Angeles - published by the Fowler Museum at UCLA - gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Gerald Fecht 2011.