Indian Country Today, April 7, 2012
“The tribe harvested bountiful Chinook salmon from the river, gathered acorns from an oak grove they nurtured and preened, and they prayed and practiced traditional healing at hundreds of sacred sites located within the McCloud River watershed.
One of these sites, Blessing Hands Rock, is a stone’s throw from Kaibai, and generations regularly prayed there by putting their hands in the smooth craters at the top of the elephantine stone.”
CAScade, Spring 2010
After the volcano erupted in 1980, her father, the lone doctor in the region, treated many of the injured and her mother cooked breakfast for the National Guard. She describes the cataclysmic eruption as a traumatic and violent event for the people who lived in the volcano’s shadow.
Not surprisingly, she says, many local musicians responded to the disaster by writing songs, and Dugaw, who sings ballads herself about historical heroines, was immediately drawn to them.
Free Speech Radio News, April 23, 2009
Last year, I traveled to Sacramento with the Winnemem Wintu, a traditional and unrecognized California tribe numbering about 125, as they performed a war dance and filed a lawsuit against several federal agencies accusing them of cultural genocide.
Here is the piece I produced for Free Speech Radio News.
Also, here’s an excellent photo album of the dance from Photographer Lonny Shavelson.
Free Speech Radio News, May 6, 2009
In March of 2009, I spent spring break living in a cheap motel across the street from Whitney Elementary School in Las Vegas. About 90 percent of the school’s students are homeless, and many of them live with their families in the motel.
Here’s the piece I produced for Free Speech Radio News.
Etude, Winter 2009
In December of 2008, I interviewed Alex Kotlowitz, author of There Are No Children Here, about his work as an immersion journalist for Etude, an online literary journal.
Listen to excerpts or the whole interview here.