When I was a little boy, I remember sitting outside on my family’s front lawn and looking at the grass. The lawn was huge; it spanned the length of four football fields, and I would get lost in it every once in a while. I would play on that lawn for hours, walking back and forth with my lunch pail … Read more
As a Chicano who acknowledges both my European and Indigenous heritage, I think it is important for me to take into consideration ceremonial practices when conducting research.
During my college years at Humboldt State University, I was introduced to the concept of the Indigenous Research Paradigm. Shawn Wilson (2009) describes this paradigm as a way that guides our actions as … Read more
The El Portal Community Center has been my new house for the past three days. I attended a two-day Wilderness First Aid training course that was administered by the National Outdoor Leadership School. This was a great program that taught us how to administer first aid and life saving techniques in the back country. After that we had a general … Read more
This week I left for a five day back country toad survey. My supervisor Molly and I packed our bags with warm clothes and gear and packed our bear canisters with enough food for the trip. The pack might have weighed at least 45 pounds. I was not sure what to expect, but for sure I knew I was a … Read more
The weekend before I headed to Yosemite, I attended the Xochilhuitl ceremony in which we celebrated spring. It was important to me to pay my respects as well as get my blessings from my elders before starting on my journey in Yosemite National Park. Once I left the ceremony I packed my bags and gave my love to my loved … Read more
Que Onda Plebe,
My name is Geovanni (Nanacatl), and I recently graduated from Humboldt State University with a degree in Wildlife Conservation and Applied Ecology as well with a Minor In Geospatial Analysis. I am originally from the Santa Ana/Anaheim area of California. My cultural background and indigenous roots are from the state of Guerrero in Mexico. I will be … Read more