Arts & Culture

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 →

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 →