A landscape of grassland prairies on Bear River Ridge, a sacred site for the Wiyot people in Humboldt County. | Still from "Tending Nature"

The Spiritual and Ecological Role of the Condor in the North Coast

Tribes along the Klamath River are working to reintroduce the critically endangered condor due to its intrinsic role in both the environment and Indigenous culture. Beginning with the introduction of livestock brought by American presence, and currently exacerbated by the use of lead ammunition by hunters, the disappearance of the California condor from the wild has left a large hole in the spiritual and ecological balance  of the region. Tiana WIlliams, a condor biologist of the Yurok tribe, says condors are critical in distributing nutrients throughout the ecosystem due to their unique ability to break into large carcasses, including whales, seals and bears. The presence of condors in the wild is also important to uphold traditions tied to them for generations.

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Managing Groundwater with the Paiute

In the wake of the recent drought, scientists and politicians are beginning to understand that reserving and maintaining groundwater is essential for addressing the state’s water needs. 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.

  • 2020-10-25T11:30:00-07:00
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Guarding Ancestral Grounds with the Wiyot

The Wiyot tribe from present-day Humboldt County have fought a long and hard battle for recognition and restored access to their land, including regaining ownership of traditional ceremonial grounds on Tululwat, an island in Arcata Bay. When leading energy developer, Terra Gen, proposed a large wind project on a spiritual and gathering area, the Wiyot opposed the greater ecological disruption that the project would deliver and rallied the community to defeat it.

  • 2020-11-08T11:30:00-08:00
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  • 2020-11-11T21:30:00-08:00
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Preserving the Desert with NALC

Native peoples have long lived in the desert and their understanding of the desert’s fragility has made them one of the region’s most outspoken protectors. Today, a collaborative group of desert tribes, concerned citizens and funders have formed the Native American Land Conservancy whose central goal is to acquire, preserve and protect Native American sacred lands through protective land management, educational programs and scientific study.

  • 2020-11-15T11:30:00-08:00
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