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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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Healing the Body with United Indian Health Service
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26:40
Tending Nature

S1 E4: Healing the Body with United Indian Health Services

A new generation is jump starting several food sovereignty programs across California.
Season 1 Episode 4
Ray Alvarez looking into the iron sights of his rifle while hunting near the Pit River. | Still from "Tending Nature"
Episode
26:40
Tending Nature

S1 E3: Tribal Hunting with the Pit River Peoples

This episode explores how members of the Pit River Tribe in Northeast California are reviving traditional hunting practices and embracing Community Science initiatives to preserve and monitor wild elk and deer populations.
Season 1 Episode 3
An Ohlone dish prepared by mak–‘amham. | Still from "Tending Nature"
Episode
26:40
Tending Nature

S1 E2: Decolonizing Cuisine with Mak–‘amham

This episode explores how two Ohlone chefs Louis Trevino and Vincent Medina are revitalizing Ohlone language, food practices and adapting them for a modernist palate.
Season 1 Episode 2
A member of Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation casts his net the beach. | Still from Tending Nature
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26:40
Tending Nature

S1 E1: Protecting The Coast with the Tolowa Dee-ni'

This episode journeys to the Smith River near the Oregon border to discover how the Tolowa Dee-ni’ are reviving traditional harvesting of shellfish while working with state agencies to monitor toxicity levels.
Season 1 Episode 1
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