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Jared Dahl Aldern

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Jared Dahl Aldern, Ph.D. is an environmental historian who has worked in academia, K-12 education, and tribal government. He has collaborated with and learned from Indigenous people throughout California, and he has taught Native American history at Palomar College, San Diego State University, and Stanford University.

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firefighter lighting the final edige of a prescribed fire in Washington
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Tending Nature

This Land is Their Land: A Future for Indigenous Fire in Southern California

In what we now call Southern California, fire was an everyday tool for Indigenous people for thousands of years. With wildfires happening so frequently, it is time to bring back carefully planned, well-timed, appropriately scaled, deliberate, cultural fires not only to honor Indigenous cultural practitioners, but also the land on which many of us have been settling.
Yurok tribe member observing the river | Still from Tending Nature
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Tending Nature

How Yurok and Karuk Traditions Sustain Delicate Balance of North Coast Species

The Yurok people care for all of their family members, and their kin — including condors and salmon — reciprocate the care.
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Tending the Wild

Cultural Fire on the Mountain: An Introduction to Native Cultural Burning

The park-like forests of the 19th Century Sierra Nevada were sustained by carefully planned fires conducted by Native people.
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