Arts & Culture

Merkie Oliver Shares the Old Days, Old Ways, With Visiting Friends

Merkie Oliver jumps center in an old photo from the mid-1950s. The picture was from an old film clip and repurposed for a tee shirt by his friends Thomas Dunklin, the Arcata photographer, and Brian Tripp, the Orleans-based artist and Karuk ceremony singer. When his two friends entered the room, Merkie Oliver, the storied Yurok fisherman, straightened his back and broke into a huge smile. It was not the easiest thing to straighten in the hospital style bed where he, by his own estimate, had been confined too long. Read More →

Somes Bar Builder Tries Old Methods To Build Houses of the Future

Dillon Creasy built frame of massive timbers, all cut from local trees, after the foundation and floor slab were poured. The next step would be the construction of thick walls packed with straw infused with a wet clay slurry./Photo courtesy of Dillon Creasy.  Creasy says that homes built with the same methods in Europe 800 years ago are still in use. The straw content of the walls would make them seem vulnerable to rot and fire but the infusion of the clay slurry just before the packing stage adds durability. Read More →

History Deeper Than a Thousand Walnut Roots

Nicole Ammon tells the stories that make up her family history, mostly surrounding the ranch house she recently restored./Photo by Allie Hostler, Two Rivers TribuneHe also frequented the Indian School in Hupa and was well-liked according to historical accounts found in the Susie Baker Fountain Papers at Humboldt State University. Nicolé said it became too difficult for Fountain to transport goods and supplies over the old single-file mule bridge so he decided to build a bridge that could support motorized vehicles. Read More →

Stories, Legends and Other Things

As descendants of the people who lived in this valley not too long ago, we sometimes wonder how we as people in this modern age can readapt some of those ancient ways to help make our lives better. Of course there are certain ways that could never be brought back. We have too many outside influences which we could never change. Modern technology has made us too dependent on certain things and it would be impossible for us to function without them. But perhaps the real concern for us today is the things that we may be losing. Read More →

‘Owhwhe: Finding the Good Ones

And then with patience, the good one comes. I am reading “Dance House” by Joseph Marshall III, of the Rosebud Indian Reservation of the Sioux. These are stories of life on the Plains, the land of wandering people. Read More →

Hoopa Hits High Note

The Hoopa Valley High School Choir brought home a first place trophy from Music in the Park at Great America in Santa Clara last weekend. The high school and junior high school choir competition was hosted by Milpitas High School and featured both large and small choirs, bands and symphonies. Not only did they sing on stage in front of judges, they sang throughout the entire 14 hours of drive time. Back row from left to right: Lucas Burns, William Choki, Makayla Ward, Zannette Wickard, Tristin Moon; Front row from left to right: Shelby Gore, Minnie McKelvey, Kinsan Hostler, Angel Muro./Photo courtesy of Becky Cape Read More →

Stories Legends and Other Things: No Warrior Society

During World War II more than 44,000 Indians out of a total U.S Indian population of less than 350,000 served in the military between 1941 and 1945 in both the European and Pacific theaters of war. Of the approximately 300 Hupa males over 18 years of age at that time, sixty three of them also went off to fight in those distant wars. Read More →

Raptors, Owls and Carnivorous Plants in Willow Creek

It seemed like there was a little bit of everything happening Saturday, April 14, when beaded skulls, nature photography, falcons, owls, carnivorous plants, and dozens of children and parents collided at Studio 299 in Willow Creek. Read More →