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

Tribe Responds to Baby Antelope Deaths and Other Ecosystem Changes

Preserving the natural balance of a region requires thoughtful study of man’s impact on the environment, according to Ray Alvarez of the Hewisdawi Band. When the early settlers introduced cattle to Northeastern California, they brought with them diseases that wiped out populations of native species that Native tribes depended on. Currently, man has made it more difficult for baby antelope to cross their natural path because private ownership and state and federal agencies have added barriers along their way.

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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.