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On this episode of Looking Back, Tom Cairns exposes the muderous past of a number of well-known white settlers in northern California - with particular focus on one of the most notorious, Benjamin Kelsey. 


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Along the banks of the Trinity River, Jennifer Bell and Yadao Inong discuss traditional harvest of pacific lamprey, often referred to as eels. Yadao and Jennifer's conversation ranges from the cultural context of 'eel' harvest to delicious ways to eat these ecologically important river residents.


Wiyot Filmmaker, Michelle Hernandez on Her Film, DOUK

Aug 20, 2018

Michelle Hernandez is a Wiyot tribal member and grew up on the Table Bluff Reservation. She has a soon to be released film titled DOUK, about a family that faces the abduction of their daughters to one of the many Native boarding schools in early 20th century America.

Douk is a historical fiction drama based in the 1910’s era. It tells the story of a young Native girl, Irene, who deals with a difficult reality of her and her sister being taken away from their family and sent to boarding school, where they will be assimilated into the western culture. This means that once this happens, they will no longer be able to practice their language, culture, and traditions. 

Looking Back: Cattle

Aug 9, 2018
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Tom Cairns highlights some local Northwest history.

This segment focuses on initial livestock herding in the region and the impacts upon Native communities and the landscape.


Salmon People in an Era of Ecological Colonialism

Jul 5, 2018
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“When we call ourselves salmon people, that’s very literal in our purpose to take care of salmon. So that means the river and the forest, and all of these other things that create salmon habitat. So if the salmon aren’t here, I think that’s a very cosmological violence – like striping identity, striping purpose.”

Scott Greacen, Conservation Director for Friends of the Eel River is joined by Kaitlin Reed, Yurok Tribal member and PhD candidate in Native American Studies at UC Davis. Katilin is studying Native American land and water rights, traditional ecological knowledge, and environmental conflict. Her dissertation research explores the impacts of marijuana cultivation on Yurok Tribal lands with a focus on tribal sovereignty and environmental justice.

 "We can all contribute to something greater than ourselves. Ceremony is bigger than the individuals and has its own spirit." Lyn Risling is a painter, illustrator, educator and author of the new book Coyote At The Big Time, which takes young readers to a Native California Big Time, with Coyote as their guide. Lyn Risling’s beautiful illustrations depict the diversity of traditions that continue to thrive throughout the state.


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On this week's Food For Thought, Jennifer Bell continues the discussion about traditional Tribal foods with Yurok basketweaver Lena Hurd.

From baynuts and seaweed to the abundance in the rivers, Lena shares the harvest from Yurok Country.


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Food For Thought continues to highlight traditional Native foods. 

Yurok basketweaver Lena Hurd joins Jennifer Bell to talk about harvesting and preparing acorns for acorn mush. 


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Tending the Wild...

Adam Canter, botanist with the Table Bluff Natural Resouces Department joins Jennifer Bell for another discussion about the cultivation of traditional Wiyot foods and on-going restoration efforts. 


Brittany Britton Explores Cross-Sections of Cultures

May 28, 2018

Hupa multi-media artist and College of the Redwoods Art History educator, Brittany Britton talks about how living in Hoopa influences her art and how she addresses cross-sections of  gender and cultural identity.