Our Marine Program, Si~s-xa Netlh-‘i~, was recently contacted by KCET–a PBS affiliate out of Los Angeles–to be featured in a
series called “Tending Nature” that will highlight Native environmental knowledge and practices and how this knowledge can help us rethink our relationship to the environment and help us re-imagine how to deal with pressing environmental issues relevant to people beyond Native communities. At its core, the series aims to show the growing dialogue between Native peoples and all Californians about the environmental issues that affect us all.
To understand how we can recover this human relationship to our oceans and coast, Episode 1 will feature how the Tolowa Dee-ni’ are working to revitalize traditional knowledge of intertidal ecosystems and use this knowledge to inform how Marine Protected Areas are regulated and how Tribal laws are created, plus how stewardship practices are passed down from generation to generation. Filming occurred February 25th–28th, complete with a wrap party, full of delicious traditional foods, songs and games.
The season will launch with four 30-minute episodes. Articles and shorter video content will also be created for KCET’s website and social media channels. Once we get a release date for the episode, which will be sometime in October, we will let you know and they will also be sending us DVDs of our episode for our own use.
Shu’ shaa nin-la to all those that participated and helped make this happen! We are very proud of our Si~s-xa Netlh-‘i~ staff who have worked so hard on these projects for the betterment of Tolowa Dee-ni’ marine resources. We all looking forward to seeing the final cut!