TALKS! Watersheds And "Culture-Sheds": Developing Reciprocal Bio-Regional Culture from the Bay Area to the Mountains of California

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MARCH 30, 2011 WED 7:30PM

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Join a dynamic panel to discuss the historical and emerging relationships among humans, and between humans and the waterways on which they live. The indigenous peoples who formed bio-regional culture-sheds aligned with natural watersheds in California start our eco-history—with particular focus on the Bay Area and delta areas. It continues with a short history of the California gold mining “culture-sheds” that emerged in the mid-1800’s and their obvious undermining of native peoples as well as the natural environment. Find out about unintended consequences, serendipitous connections, and the emergent water-based politics and culture of the 21st century.

Ruth Askevold is a Cartographic Specialist at the San Francisco Estuary Institute, where she works with the Historical Ecology Program. Jessie Raeder has her finger in a number of SF Bay watersheds: she puts on a month-long Tuolumne River Paddle to the Sea, helps organize a coalition of river advocates called SalmonAid, and works with the Yuba River Source to Sea project that inspired her unlimited enthusiasm for wild rivers and wild salmon.
Michael “Med-o” Whitson is a long-time Bay Area culture maker, helping to found 848 Community Space and CounterPULSE. His most recent project is a land venture called “Yuba Libre” on the Yuba River. Derek Hitchcock is a Berkeley-based ecologist and sixth generation northern Californian who grew up in the watershed of the Yuba River. He recently completed a “21st century Assessment of the Yuba River Watershed,” for the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL).