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by Nikki Ponticelli – Thursday, 30 April 2020, 11:52 AM
This video talks about a very important connection between indigenous people and the earth. They are taught about botany, hunting/gathering and essentially environmental science itself in their region. In comparison, there is a separateness to modern day humans from nature, from the way we live away from our farms and see beautiful vistas and national parks as place to visit for recreation. I learned that Indians burn wildlife as a cultural process but that by burning very little at specific times of the year it actually facilitates the growth of more diverse and rich plants and food sources. It also maintains meadows and grasslands to keep the plants healthy. As California tries to fight off wildfires, they dont see that Indians burn in a sustainable way. They plant more trees in between the space burned which actually fuels uncontrolled wildfires to spread more. This is also a form of political and social oppression of Indians and their environment.
The video then talks about fishing rights and how salmon fishing is central to their survival. Salmon is a part of their life in California specifically. When the government began enforcing fishing laws, indigenous people had to go to court in order to maintain their fishing rights even if those water sources were not on their land. They still face a lot of pushback but should be considered exempt from the prevention of overfishing in America because they fish for their survival.
I also found it interesting to learn the ways they naturally harvest, such as how they roast acorns with soap stones and handmade baskets and their use of chia seeds for a healthy protein source.