Native American Spirituality and the Environment

Native American Spirituality and the Environment

Derek Hitchcock studied Ecology at UC Berkeley and has worked on environmental projects around the world.  In the past few years he has returned to Northern California where he is working to restore one of the world’s most beautiful natural resources–the Yuba River.
Beyond approaching the restoration of this river in a scientific way, Derek and colleagues at the South Yuba River Citizen’s League (SYRCL, pronounced “circle”) are working with the local Native American Tribe, the Tsi-Akim Maidu, to approach the ecological crisis in a more foundational way by focusing on healing; healing the relationship between the cultures and the obviously fractured relationship between humans and the rest of the natural world.
SYRCL and the Tsi-Akim Maidu are inviting people to the Yuba River to experience its beauty and to witness the magic of one of nature’s most amazing phenomena—the life cycle of the Salmon.
By forming this unlikely relationship with the native tribes, the salmon and the river itself, Derek is a part of discovered new ways for us to heal our planet that extend far beyond the banks of the Yuba River.

Resources
South Yuba River Citizens League
Email Derek Hitchcock

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