As a Chicano who acknowledges both his European and Indigenous heritage 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 researchers. These … Read more
It’s officially been two weeks, more or less, since I started my internship at MNHS, and this place is getting busy! I’m so pleased to say that this past week has been highly productive.
While doing research on the Owens Valley Paiute for the exhibit I’m working on, I made a trip to the Eastern California Museum (ECM), which is … Read more
This week I continued my research. There are a lot of documents to sort through, with different dates, names, and entities. So for the most part I’m just trying to do an inventory of them, making notes about each document and writing down dates and general information. Eventually I want to make a timeline of events, once I go through … 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
Having worked in construction building before decks and fences allowed me to transition into being an intern at the Small Boat Shop at San Francisco Maritime, but it’s still a challenge. There’s a lot of terminology and tools specific to maritime that I’m very unfamiliar with, and it has also been a while since I built a deck or a … Read more
This summer I will be returning home to the San Francisco Bay Area after my first year of grad school in Chicago to work as an LHIP intern at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, where I was an intern last year.
I will be serving double duty, working as a researcher and as an assistant in the … 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
My name is Eduardo J. Chaidez, and I was born and raised in Oakland, California. Like many other high school Latinx students from Oakland, I dropped out (only 54.4 % of Latinx high school students are graduating in Oakland, according to the San Jose Mercury). I attended an alternative charter school called Civicorps (formerly East Bay Conservation Corps), where I … Read more