Native authors collaborate to conserve biocultural diversity

Corine baskets at BookstoreHow do we keep traditional cradle basket making, beadworking, and storytelling alive? We can support and promote Native authors: in print, in film, and in person.

Three books, three authors, three years in the making, together with almost thirty San José State University students in my Nature and World Cultures class. Published with a grant from the College of Arts and Humanities, these books are now in their second printing by the newly formed Beauty and Love Publishing LLC.

In addition to this exciting news, we’ve had two book signing events in Ukiah, California: the first was held at the Mendocino Book Company; the second at the Grace Hudson Museum. Both events were filmed with equipment borrowed from the Willits Community Television station, following a very short, and intense training session by Andy Wright.

We were also featured on KMEC, the local radio station on Alicia Littletree Balas’ Edgewise radio show – you can listen to our interview by clicking on the link below:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1MsrhLvSBA6ZE4_jJXZjSoezw_pH21swZ/view

The readings and testimony provided by the authors: Corine Pearce (Redwood Valley Pomo), Sherrie Smith-Ferri (Dry Creek Pomo, editor) and Stewart Wilburn (Wailaki/Tolowa/Pomo/Wintu), were powerful and moving.

You can see both events on YouTube:

The Mendocino Book Company reading

The Grace Hudson Museum reading

You can purchase any, or all, of the books here. (Prices including $3 shipping.)

And if you are interested in sponsoring more books on traditional culture, contact the Beauty & Love publisher here.