SUMMER 2014 – Protecting the Clear Lake Hitch

On August 6th, 2014 the California Fish & Game Commission vote unanimously to designate the Clear Lake Hitch (Lavinia exilicauda chi), an endemic minnow of cultural and ecological significance, as a threatened species in California.

Conservationists from the Center for Biological Diversity filed the initial petition. Volunteers with the Chi Council for the Clear Lake Hitch provided recent survey data. Tribal members from bands surrounding Clear Lake drove to San Diego and testified.

And my newest film was shown:

SPRING 2014 – A taste of my upcoming book!

The first excerpt to be published from my forthcoming book, The Language of Endangered Hearts, appears in the inaugural issue of Between the Lines, the new literary journal from Holy Names University in Oakland.

The story, “Yes,” recounts a consultancy visit to Sumba Island, eastern Indonesia, where I clashed horns with a shrill-voiced propinsi pipsqueak:

“Beady eyes and oily skin occupied a dull khaki uniform that was exchanged in the field for cowboy-style shirts unbuttoned to expose a soft and flabby chest, a pair of pristine denim jeans evidencing his allergy to any productive, soil-based activity, and snakeskin boots, raising his four-foot-something frame a few irrelevant centimeters.”

Read on to hear how good triumphed over evil. Sort of.


FALL 2013 – The Damn Dam Tour

Before last week, the Klamath and Trinity Rivers, and the hydroelectric dams that divert water, decimate native salmon populations, and threaten tribal culture, were blue lines on a map.

Now, thanks to Dania Rose Colegrove, the Hoopa Valley Tribe, and Klamath Riverkeepers, I’m joining the effort to bring the dams down. Stand with us.

(And check my YouTube channel for the microdocumentaries we’re in the process of making…)

San José State University – Student Work

In our Nature and World Cultures class at SJSU, students work on group projects tracing the dynamic relationships between Native Californian tribes and tribal communities and specific aspects of nature.

Student work results in micro-documentaries featured on YouTube, published articles in the newsmagazine Indian Country Today, and projects used by tribal staff and councils.

Highlights from student work include:

Tule River Tribe Knows Basket-Weaving Is Interwoven With Cultural Identity

August 07, 2013


 How Archie Thompson Saved the Yurok Language

August 16, 2013


Salmon Film Festival 2013

All Good Acts begin with heightening our awareness and then making a commitment.
As part of a promise I made to the salmon, our third Salmon Film Festival will be held in Ft. Bragg (Mendocino County, CA) on November 8-10th, 2013. It’s gonna be bigger. More diverse. More activities. More fun. Check it out.