Aerial view of a traditional Tongva canoe launching into the ocean. | Still from "Tending Nature"

The Delicate Balance Needed Along the Pit River

When the settlers came through the area that now comprises north-eastern California, they lost horses and cattle in the pits dug by the Native people who originally lived there, so they named the river and people by the same name. Ray Alvarez explains the delicate balance that is needed to maintain the landscape, species and overall ecosystem. The Pit River tribes are using citizen science and traditional management to monitor juniper, antelope and other wildlife to bring it back to balance.

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Rethinking The Coast with the Ti'at Society

Climate change and urban development have significantly altered ocean conditions and our ability to access the coast, making it more and more difficult for the Tongva tribe to carry on their long-held seafaring traditions. Today, members of the Tongva, Chumash and Acjachemen are rebuilding their connection with the ocean and the Channel Islands by rebuilding a Ti’at, a traditional Tongva canoe.

Holistic Healing with the Syuxtun Collective

Since the 20th century, Western medicine has focused on treating a patient’s symptoms, not the underlying cause. Today, scientists and doctors are realizing that we should be wary of a health system that relies on direct-to-consumer pharmaceutical advertising and are embracing alternative, preventive whole body options, which start with a healthy mind, body, spirit. These are concepts Indigenous peoples have practiced for thousands of years, by using medicinal plant knowledge that informed much our pharmacopeia.