Arts & Culture

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 →

Stories, Legends and Other Things: The Real Story on the Indian Wars of Northwestern California

Over the past few years new history books have been written proclaiming victory over the local Indians by the U.S. Soldiers. In Colleges and Universities, some scholars are also teaching this assumption. In some cases, even Indian scholars are carrying this idea forth, and all are doing it without much explanation on how they arrived on that theory. It is astonishing for me to read most history books and articles on Humboldt County and see how the Hupa’s involvement in the war activity is either downplayed or ignored altogether, the fact remains; once the U.S. Government signed a Treaty with the Hupa, all war activity in Northwest California came to an end. Read More →

54th Annual All-Indian Basketball Tournament

54th Annual All-Indian Basketball Tournament Royalty.The 54th Annual All Indian Basketball Tournament brought teams from around Indian Country together for a weekend of friendly competition and fun. As is traditional, local young women compete for tournament royalty positions by fundraising in the community. The proceeds help pay tournament expenses. From left to right: 2015 Little Princess Tylie McKinnon, 2015 Queen […] Read More →

Book-of-the-Year Author Brings Comedy to Serious Issues

Neila Kuska couldn’t keep a straight face. She said Alexie was hilarious. She quoted Alexie in a Facebook post, “All you native kids running around with the latest iPhones aren’t deprived you little #$@%.”/Photo courtesy of Neila Kuska.Not a soul was left sitting as applause roared through Van Duzer Theatre on March 5 following Sherman Alexie’s two-hour laugh-a-palooza before a sold-out crowd at Humboldt State University. Read More →

Inter-Tribal Warriors Gather For Rafting Trip On Smith River

The Warrior Institute sponsored a rafting trip for local tribal youth on the Smith River./Photo by Thomas Dunklin.The water was so clear it was hard to tell where the sky ended and the river began. Every rock and pebble was visible beneath the surface and sunlit mountains shrouded in darks forests towered above the river. The roar of rapids echoed off the canyon walls, as did the sound of laughter and the call of paddling commands. A line of seven colorful rafts came into view, filled with paddlers wearing broad smiles as they navigated the enchanting waters of the Smith River. Read More →

Stories, Legends and Other Things: Sheet Iron Jack

Traveling east on Highway 299, we pass through a small semi-ghost town six miles west of Redding. At one time, this little community was one of the most important sites in northern California. For more than three decades, from 1850 and into the 1880’s, it was the county seat for Shasta. Old Shasta, as it is known today, was first called Reading Springs. It soon changed its name to Shasta and was considered the “Queen City” of the gold country. From there the pack mules, or pack trains, ferried prospectors and supplies into the riches of the Trinity and Siskiyou mountains. It was safer to travel into those regions from the east rather than risking dangerous encounters with the Redwood and Hupa Indians from the west. Read More →

Lucky Day

21-11 Joe OHaraVolunteers of the Willow Creek Fire Safe Council held their annual corned beef and cabbage feed fundraiser on Friday, March 13. The Fire Safe Council is currently promoting the Fire Adapted Landscapes and Safe Homes (FLASH)  program. FLASH is a cost share program designed to assist property owners with the job of reducing their risk […] Read More →

Senior Prank Gone Wrong

A dead deer was found on the Hoopa Valley High School Gymnasium floor on Tuesday, March 10.Shock and great sadness overcame students, staff, and the community last Tuesday morning, March 10, when an unused deer carcass was found lying in the center of Hoopa Valley High School’s gymnasium floor. Read More →