KCET and Link TV Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day With Announcement of New Native Peoples Series TENDING NATURE

Nichole Goodman

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(TENDING NATURE, photo courtesy of KCET.)



Burbank, Calif. – October 8, 2018 – KCET and Link TV, viewer-supported media organizations providing acclaimed culturally diverse programming, announced today the debut of a new KCET Original series called TENDING NATURE produced in partnership with the Autry Museum of the American West. The series shines a light on the environmental knowledge of indigenous peoples across California by exploring how the state's Native peoples have actively shaped and tended the land for millennia, in the process developing a deep understanding of plant and animal life. With today’s announcement timed to Indigenous Peoples Day, the series examines how traditional practices can inspire a new generation of Californians to find a balance between humans and nature. KCET will premiere four, 30-minute episodes of TENDING NATURE starting Wed., November 7 at 8:30 p.m. on KCET in Southern California. The series will also air on nationally independent satellite network Link TV on Tues., November 13 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT (DirecTV 375 and DISH Network 9410).

The unique partnership between KCET and the Autry that started with 2017’s Emmy® Award-winning documentary TENDING THE WILD (airing tonight on KCET at 7 p.m. in honor of Indigenous Peoples Day) has turned into a three-year commitment to explore California’s Native stories (and histories) through the new series: Tending Nature. Traveling across the state, the series allows viewers to hear first-hand from Native communities engaged in contemporary projects that revive their culture and inform western sciences.  In this season, the Tolowa Dee-ni’, Ohlone, the Pit River tribes, and the multi-tribal Potawot Health Village, generously give their time to guide content about subjects ranging from ocean toxicity, decolonizing cuisine, tribal hunting, food deserts, and traditional sweats. California is home to more Native communities than any other state in the country, and these communities have continued to maintain traditional knowledge against all odds.

The Autry Museum of the American West is dedicated to bringing together the stories of all peoples of the American West, connecting the past with the present to inspire a shared future. The series connects to their Human Nature galleries and garden spaces dedicated to the California environment, making for a multiplatform museum-media partnership—and one that furthers critical conversations related to the future of California.

The first two episodes of the series will be screened at the Autry on Nov. 10 as part of the museum’s annual American Indian Arts Marketplace.  For more information, please go to TheAutry.org/Marketplace.  


TENDING NATURE will be telecast as follows (subject to change):

Protecting The Coast with the Tolowa Dee-Ni'”- Wed., Nov. 7 at 8:30 p.m. PT on KCET / Tues., Nov. 13 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on Link TV

Coastal ecosystems are under threat from human caused toxification but the Tolowa Dee-Ni are reviving traditional harvesting of shellfish and redefining the human role in managing marine protected areas.

 “Decolonizing Cuisine with Mak-’amham”- Wed., Nov. 14 at 8:30 p.m. PT on KCET / Tues., Nov. 20 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on Link TV

Two Ohlone chefs are revitalizing their language and food practices and adapting them for a modernist palate.

 “Tribal Hunting with the Pit River Peoples” - Wed., Nov. 21 at 8:30 p.m. PT on KCET / Tues., Nov. 27 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on Link TV

The Pit River Tribe in Northeast California are reviving traditional hunting practices, and embracing initiatives to preserve wild elk and deer populations as well as developing statewide intertribal trading networks for the distribution of humanely sourced and sustainable Native foods.

 “Healing the Body with United Indian Health Services”- Wed., Nov. 28 at 8:30 PT on KCET / Tues., Dec. 4 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on Link TV

Native peoples in rural areas often lack easy access to healthy, affordable food. Younger generations are witnessing the effects of health issues in their community and as a result have started several food sovereignty programs across California.

Join the conversation on social media using #TendingNature

KCET is a flagship PBS channel of the newly formed PUBLIC MEDIA GROUP OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.



KCET and Link TV are award-winning viewer-supported 501(c)(3) media organizations providing high-quality, culturally diverse programming with a commitment to independent perspectives, smart global entertainment, local communities and opportunities for engagement and social action. KCET is a flagship PBS channel serving Southern California, and Link TV is a national independent satellite network available on DIRECTV (channel 375) and DISH Network (channel 9410). Content for both services is also available through various digital delivery systems including Apple TV, Amazon, and Roku. For more information please visit http://www.kcet.org/apps and https://www.linktv.org/about/apps.


PUBLIC MEDIA GROUP OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA tells stories that matter. We create original programs that reflect the diversity of the region, and share the full schedule of PBS programs that viewers love and trust – delivering a public media service that educates, informs and empowers. Through three content channels – PBS SoCal, KCET and LINK TV – our library of programs is available for streaming on any internet-connected screen, seven Southern California broadcast channels, and one national satellite channel.

A donor-supported community institution, PUBLIC MEDIA GROUP OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA hosts hundreds of in-person cultural events, screenings and community conversations to spark the sharing of diverse ideas and perspectives, and delivers real social impact through an Early Learning service that prepares our most vulnerable children for school, as well as other special public service initiatives. Find us at pbssocal.org, kcet.org and linktv.org.

Located in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park, the Autry is a museum dedicated to exploring and sharing the stories, experiences, and perceptions of the diverse peoples of the American West, connecting the past to the present to inspire our shared future. The museum presents a wide range of exhibitions and public programs—including lectures, film, theatre, festivals, family events, and music—and performs scholarship, research, and educational outreach. The Autry’s collection of more than 500,000 pieces of art and artifacts includes the Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection, one of the largest and most significant of Native American materials in the United States.



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