Arts & Culture

Divorce Sucks Until It Doesn’t

James is a writer, artist, teacher, optimist, father, a survivor and much more. He has a vision to give people hope-the kind of hope that starts people thinking ahead with some optimism. James hopes to spread and share his positivity with the world and is responsible for the now viral #counterpunchhatewithlove movement./Photo courtesy of James Calderon.What an interesting week eh? With the presidential election being over, it seems like the collective consciousness has finally reared its ugly head. On one side we have people gloating over the win of their desired candidate, and on the other side we have people grieving over the loss their party has experienced. It’s sad to see people at each other’s throats both on and offline. Of all my years on this planet, this is the most divided I have seen our nation. So why do I still have hope? Well, this whole division thing we are experiencing reminds me of divorce. There is no way around it, divorce sucks until it doesn’t anymore. Read More →

Somes Bar 8th Grader Reports on Standing Rock

A crowd of water protectors form a prayer circle as part of an action at Standing Rock. Their campaign to stop the construction of a pipeline that could threaten Sioux tribal water supplies has drawn thousands of supporters to North Dakota and members from at least 300 tribes. Their tactics, all non-violent, have been met with increasing violence by heavily militarized police./Photo by Aja Conrad. Editor’s note: Emma Boykin is 13 years old, an eighth-grader at Junction School in Somes Bar and a member of the Karuk Tribe. I heard about the protests to stop pipeline construction at Standing Rock for a while, and I was very interested in the actions by Natives and other people from all over the country. My brother Brent Boykin and two cousins had been there and returned full of stories. We got to the Oceti Sakowin camp in the middle of the night. In the morning I went up to the main camp where we joined a water ceremony. We went to the Klamath Basin Camp because we brought a lot of food to donate. The cook told us we were welcome. We moved our tent over to the Klamath Basin camp and began helping in the kitchen. We knew a few people, but everyone was very welcoming so you got to know everyone quickly. We helped organize the food and helped prep food for upcoming meals. No one argued the whole time we were there. Read More →

Karuk Fishermen at Ishi Pishi Falls, Still Dipnet Salmon Traditional Style

Ron Reed, right, explains his views on the losses of Karuk ecological knowledge and the efforts to rebuild it, between passes of dipnet fishing at Ishi Pishi Falls. His companion Brian Tripp, adds his own perspective./Photo by Jayme Kalal. Brian Tripp is well known for his gifts—poet and painter, sculptor and ceremonial singer—but he has another gift besides. He seems able to talk me into things. Read More →

Cooking Healthy In Indian Country: Wild Raspberry Jam

22-28 CHIC BerriesMy family loves berries. We love jams, pies, cobblers, just plain popping them in our mouth and enjoying them. First, let me talk about the journey. One of my favorite things to do with the family is to go on our gathering trips. We pack up a picnic basket, grab our favorite treats and load like sardines into the vehicle. All the way up the hill, loud laughter and shrieks can be heard coming from the front and back seat when the kids sing along to their favorite song, or make up their own. Read More →

‘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 →