Save California Salmon
On August 17, Save California Salmon (SCS), in partnership with local tribes and tribally-led organizations, hosted a free Indigenous Science Camp at Sue-Meg State Park. The camp is part of the push to include Native sciences, history, and cultural practices in classrooms in Humboldt, Del Norte, and Siskiyou County and to get Native youth outdoors learning in a healthy and hands-on way. Over 80 people listened to presentations from Indigenous scientists, experts, and cultural practitioners and engaged in hands-on activities related to fisheries, ocean and fire management, as well as cultural activities such as weaving, carving, harvesting, and traditional dress making and salmon preparation.
“Indigenous science allows us to develop a healthy relationship to land that will aid in the climate crisis. It allows us to develop our role as stewards to the land and then use science to show that we are all connected to all aspects of life,” explains LeMonie Hutt, Hoopa Valley Tribal member and Indigenous education advocate. “For children especially, Indigenous science provides the comfort of a positive future.”
Events like this provide an example on how to teach Native STEM (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and cultural exercises, while talking honestly about California’s history and the current ecological crisis. The camp highlighted that Indigenous ways of science are not separate from culture, and got youth outside in the environment to learn from their families and elders. Tribal leaders and scientists demonstrated that Indigenous people have always been, and continue to be, scientists and ecosystem managers. This work is critical due to recent reports that Humboldt County is failing Native students.
Save California Salmon and the Yurok Tribe will also be hosting a Salmon Protectors’ Canoe Camp on August 21st after the Yurok Tribe’s Klamath Salmon Festival.
Presentations featured during the camp include SCS’s award winning Advocacy and Water Protection in Native California curriculum and soon to be released Traditional Ecological Knowledge Science and Management curriculum.
Tribes and NGO’s hosting this camp included; The Tolowa Dee-Ni' Nation, The Wiyot Tribe, The Hoopa Valley Tribe, The Yurok Tribe, The Karuk Tribe, Blue Lake Rancheria, Humboldt County Pathmakers Program, Two Feathers NAFS, Northern California Indian Development Council, Yurok Youth Suicide Program, and Yurok Tribal Court Youth At Risk Program
Failing Grade: The Status of Native American Education in Humboldt County can be found at: https://www.aclunc.org/publications/failing-grade-status-native-american-education-humboldt-county
For more information on upcoming events like the Canoe Camp on August 21st visit www.californiasalmon.org or follow Save California Salmon on your favorite social media platform.