Another series of destructive fires in California prompt new questions about how best to prevent and prepare for wildfires. Many of the state’s tribes have cultural fire management practices that go back centuries, and include minimizing wildfire risks through controlled burns, something California officials once banned. We’ll take a look at wildfires in California and elsewhere through a Native lens and hear from tribes that are on the ground about what it takes to heal with fire rather than just fight it.
Bodie Shaw (the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs) – Northwest deputy regional director of trust services for the Bureau of Indian Affairs
Rick O’Rourke (Yurok tribal member) – Fire and Fuels coordinator for the Cultural Fire Management Council and traditional fire practitioner
Ron Goode (North Fork Mono Tribe) – tribal chairman for the North Fork Mono Tribe
Break 1 music: Wapaha Olowan (Feather Staff Song) (song) Porcupine Singers (artist) Alowanpi – Songs Of Honoring – Lakota Classics: Past & Present, Vol. 1 (album)
Break 2 music: Singing Together (song) Drumming Hill Singers (artist) Memories (album)