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"Tending Nature" 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. The series examines how traditional practices can inspire a new generation of Californians to find a balance between humans and 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. Produced in partnership with the Autry Museum of the American West, a collaboration that began with the award-winning documentary "Tending the Wild."

Visit PBS LearningMedia to view the Tending Nature Curriculum Project lessons, featuring interdisciplinary resources for middle school grades.

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S3 E4: Cultivating Native Foodways with the Cultural Conservancy

The Cultural Conservancy works to re-engage with the land and decolonize our foodways.
Season 3 Episode 4
A hand holds an olive branch at the Séka Hills olive grove. | Still from "Tending Nature" episode "Reclaiming Agriculture with the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation"
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S3 E3: Reclaiming Agriculture with the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation

the Yocha Dehe people are combining ecological knowledge with modern science to rethink community-centered agri-business using sustainability practices that include high-efficiency irrigation.
Season 3 Episode 3
Someone reaching into the water at Bonanza Spring in the Mojave Desert. | Still from "Tending Nature" episode "Preserving the Desert with the NALC"
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24:40
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S3 E2: Preserving the Desert with NALC

The Native American Land Conservancy protects sacred tribal lands in the Mojave Desert.
Season 3 Episode 2
Cheryl Seidner and other members of the Wiyot tribe at a hearing for Terra-Gen's wind farm proposal. | Still from "Tending Nature" episode "Guarding Ancestral Grounds with the Wiyot"
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S3 E1: Guarding Ancestral Grounds with the Wiyot

The Wiyot tribe from Humboldt County have fought for restored access to their land.
Season 3 Episode 1
“Managing Groundwater with the Paiute” Alan Bacock, Big Pine Paiute Tribe of the Owens Valley's Water Program Coordinator, testing water levels.
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26:42
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S2 E4: Managing Groundwater with the Paiute

California’s Native peoples have lived with drought cycles for millennia and today, the Paiute are shepherding conversations around access to water resources, raising key questions about how our snowpack, streams and aquifers are used and maintained.
Season 2 Episode 4
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S2 E3: Restoring The River with the Yurok, Hupa and Karuk

The environmental costs of timber extraction and damming have reached a tipping point in the North Coast region of California.
Season 2 Episode 3