Arts & Culture

‘Owhwhe: John Green

22-8 OwhwheLooking for Alaska by John Green is a young adult book that is a pretty fast, engaging read. This is a story about a teenager called Miles later nicknamed “Pudge” by a friend. He is a reader particularly interested in the last words of famous people. In choosing to go to prep school in Alabama, he relied on the last words of François Rabelais—”I go to seek a Great Perhaps”. (That is exactly why I moved from Massachusetts to California in my younger years.) Read More →

Stories, Legends and Other Things…

Mount Mazama./Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.During ancient times when numerous geological activities were common place in this part of the country, earthquakes and far off sounds of volcanic explosions were probably frequent occurrences. Read More →

Cooking Healthy in Indian Country: Deer Meat Stew

Father teaching son how to skin a deer. K’iłixunMitsing(Deer Meat) Stew is a delicious dish to add to the family’s menu, especially during the winter season. Read More →

Cooking Healthy in Indian Country

Black TrumpetAs spring fills the air with love and beauty, it also creates a great indigenous food that has sustained our Native people for thousands, and thousands of years. I want you to fall in love with one of my favorite ingredients, fungus. Yes, I am talking about mushrooms. Read More →

Stories, Legends and Other Things…

One of the better ways to peer into the past in an attempt to understand the thinking of people long ago can be old newspaper articles and what they reveal about those people in their everyday lives. Years ago journalists had much more freedom of styles in which they could write, and the type of stories they chose to explore. Read More →

Historian Punctures U.S. Myths

22-5 Indigenous History book reviewMany decades ago, when I was new to the river, I was advised that I could meet more neighbors by attending movie night down at the Forks of Salmon School. The room was already darkenedwhen I walked in and Disney’s film Davey Crockett was on the screen. Read More →

Stories, Legends and Other Things…

In 1848 when the cry went up that gold was discovered in California, most people on the east coast and other parts of the world, actually thought that the shiny stuff was just lying there in the rivers and streams waiting to be picked up. Not many of them knew the hardships one had to go through to actually reach the gold fields, let alone, find any gold. That however, did not stop thousands of them from sweeping into our territory with pick and shovel in hand thinking that they were going to become rich. Read More →

VOICES: Tsewenaldin John, My Family’s Oral History

My Grandfather, Ernest Marshall, always began the story the same way. “It was either Christmas or New Year (1860) because the soldiers were drinkin’. My Grandmother, Nonesche’, was nine months pregnant and went into labor.” On this same night another woman, who was also pregnant, went down to the spring below the village (the spring the Medildin camp uses when they camp below the bridge for Jump Dance). Two drunk soldiers tried to rape her but she fought back. She had an awl made from the foreleg of a deer in her moccasin and she stabbed one of the soldiers with it. The woman escaped and went back to tell the people what had happened. The soldiers returned to Fort Gaston. My Grandfather said, “That night my father (James Marshall) was born. The men gathered to talk about what to do. They decided they needed to leave, but they waited for three days, until Nonesche’ could travel.” The soldier who was stabbed lived for three days, but then died from his wounds. Then they packed up as much as they could carry, headed out in the middle of the night, “they first went to Grouse Prairie.” Read More →