Workshops, gatherings, and news you can use about your foodshed!

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May 2017 
Preparing the pit oven. Grant Gilkison photo.
Ayukîi, Aiy-ye-kwee', Waqlisi, Hello!  

We're more than half way through the final year of the Klamath Basin Tribal Food Security Project, and we want to know what YOU think! If you or your family have attended any Food Security workshops, classes or events, please take our survey to help us figure out what worked well, what didn't, and what Food Security programs you'd like to see in the future. Your opinion matters! Thanks in advance for your help.

And the fun's not over yet! Check out
our May events calendar for ways to keep learning about our food and foodshed. We hope to see you soon.

Got questions? Contact your Food Security Coordinator:  

Chris Peters,, 707-464-1852
Crescent City and Klamath, CA (Yurok Tribe)

Grant Gilkison,, 530-627-3446 ( for Youth Camps, Community Gardens, Herbaria, Food Crews, Native Foods Workshops, Orchards, and Ishkêesh'túnviiv)
Orleans, Happy Camp, and Yreka, CA (Karuk Tribe)

Heather Campbell,, 530-627-3202
Orleans and Happy Camp, CA (Mid Klamath Watershed Council)

Lisa Hillman,, 530-627-3446 (for Pikyav Field Institute, K-12 Curriculum, and Sípnuuk Digital Archive)
Orleans, Happy Camp, and Yreka, CA (Karuk Tribe)

Perri McDaniel,, 541-882-1487 x 235
Chiloquin and Klamath Falls, OR (Klamath Tribes)

Got news? Tell Edith in the Berkeley office:, 510-643-9534.

Sibyl Diver describing co-management strategies. Bari Talley photo.
Managing Land for Tribal Goals:
Researchers Share Findings at the Píkyav Lecture Series
On Thursday, April 20th, two affiliates of the Karuk-UC Berkeley Collaborative and the AFRI Klamath Basin Tribal Food Security Initiative presented their research to the community as part of the Píkyav Lecture Series organized by the Karuk Tribe Department of Natural Resources.   The newly launched Píkyav Field Institute aims to improve the academic performance and college and career readiness of Karuk tribal youth. The lecture series is conceptualized to expand opportunities to learn from the time-honored traditional knowledge, practice and belief systems of their ancestors, as
Dan Sarna explains the importance of scale. Bari Talley photo.
well as learn about the Karuk Tribe and academic partners' collaborative research done over the past decade within the Tribe's Aboriginal Territory and with Karuk Cultural Practitioners. The series began with two lectures (4/6 and 4/12) on Sudden Oak Death led by co-presenters from UC Cooperative Extension, the Mid Klamath Watershed Council and the Karuk Tribe. Caused by the plant pathogen Phytophthora ramorum, this disease has devastating effects on key
cultural species. In late April, the series followed with lectures on the importance of co-management of tribal natural and cultural resources. 
Upcoming in the Píkyav Lecture Series Schedule

Please look for flyers announcing opportunities to share and learn about current issues that affect our natural resources, cultural heritage and traditional ecological knowledge through the Píkyav Field Institute Lecture Series. For more information, contact Lisa Hillman, (530) 627-3446,

June 7: 5 - 6:30 pm, Happy Camp, People's Center Museum
Collecting, Collaborating, and Coming Home: A Talk about Karuk Baskets at Home and in Museums . Speaker: Carolyn Smith, U.C. Berkeley.
June 8: 4 - 5:30pm, Orleans Community Room, Department of Natural Resources
Mixed Methods in Data Analysis: Case Study of Community Food System Assessment. Speaker: Megan Mucioki, U.C. Berkeley.

6 tribal youth listen to Lisa Hillman in Herbarium in front of voucher specimen display
Karuk students check out voucher specimens (preserved plants) at the University & Jepson Herbaria. Jennifer Sowerwine photo.
Sharing TEK,
Sharing Stories

Youth from the Karuk Tribe had an action-packed weekend at UC Berkeley's annual Cal Day, when the entire campus opens its doors to visitors. The Karuk students visited the University & Jepson Herbaria, where their own experience with Native plants and animals sparked questions, and Professor Tom Carlson introduced them to the largest plant specimen collection west of the Mississippi. The Karuk Tribe launched its own Herbaria last fall.

The next day, they toured the Berkeley campus and checked out the many learning activities with a student ambassador from Native American Student Development. In the evening, the students shared pizza with the Berkeley AFRI team and their families, and talked about some of the ways they keep up cultural traditions at home on the river.
Lisa Hillman speaks on Earth Day panel. Jennifer Sowerwine photo.

Bay Area com munity members attending the UC Gill Tract Community Farm 's Earth Day Celebration the same weekend had th e opportunity to hear Pikyav Field Institute Program Manager Lisa Hillman, wh o joined panelists including Hank Herrera (Ohlone), C orinna Gould (Ohlone), Miguel Altieri (Chilean agroecologist), and Leke Hutchins (Hawaiian ). Gill Tract organizers are aware that the Farm sits on Ohlone land, and designed the panel to share information and stories about revitalizing Indigenous ways of knowing, perceiving, and managing land in ancestral territories all along the Pacific Coast. They aim to apply some of this information in an Indigenous Foodways project which is in the works for the Gill Tract Community Farm. We'll keep you posted!
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Many hands make the pit oven work. Grant Gilkison photo.

Karuk Tribe

Please join us for our continuing Food Security programs Monday - Thursday in Orleans, CA and Happy Camp, CA. All programs weather dependent. Take a look and mark your calendar now! Questions? ask Grant Gilkison, 530-627-3446.

SPECIAL EVENT for MAY - all are welcome!

Sudden Oak Death BLITZ - Help protect our tanoaks! Sat 5/13, 10am - 3pm, KDNR, Orleans, CA. Weds 5/17, 11am - 3pm, People's Center, Happy Camp, CA.

Regular activities:
  • Herbarium Collection/Mounting (Thursdays, except 5/25)
  • Basketry in Happy Camp (Sundays) and Orleans (Thursdays, except 5/25)
  • Happy Camp Gardens (Wednesdays except 5/10 and 5/24)
  • Ishkêesh'túnviiv (Tuesdays at Orleans Elementary - closed to public)
 CLICK HERE for full Karuk Food Security schedule, locations and contact info.  

Klamath Tribes

Come help us plant in the Chiloquin Community Garden! We're out gardening whenever we can - call Perri or just come on by!

Our final Community Greenhouse will be sited at Hilyard Elder Housing in Klamath Falls, OR. We'll be building raised beds nearby starting soon. For info, call
Perri McDaniel, or 541-882-1487 x 235

A Pit Oven workshop with the Karuk Tribe may be planned for later this month. Contact Perri to find out more. 

Mid Klamath Watershed Council

Join us for Mother's Day! MKWC's annual Plant Sale and Brunch is coming up Sunday, 5/14 11am - 3pm, Panamnik Building, Orleans, CA. For more information, call Heather Campbell,, 530-627-3202.

Afterschool Thursdays in the Garden - Send us your kids for fun in the garden! For more, contact Heather Campbell,, 530-627-3202.

Yurok Tribe

Youth Wellness Workshop, Thurs 5/4 2 - 5 pm, Weitchpec Tribal Office, Weitchpec, CA. For more info or to sign up, contact Annelia Hillman, 530-625-4130 ext. 1619.

Community Notices

2017 Klamath Fire Ecology Symposium

May 10, 11, and 12
Panamnik Building, Orleans, CA

Farmers Market Pre-Planning Meeting
May 4, 5:30 pm
Gail Zink Park, Happy Camp, CA

 Stormy Staats, Klamath Salmon Media Collaborative photo.
We're In the News

See stories about the
Klamath Basin Tribal Food Security Project from around the web on our website .
Spring carrots. Ramona Taylor photo.

Wondering what, where and when to plant? Visit the Mid Klamath Watershed Council Foodsheds pages for excellent free online info on the vegetables and fruits that grow best here, along with planting calendars, soil, and disease prevention advice.

Keep in touch with us! Find upcoming events, see photos, ask questions, let your neighbors know what's going on in the foodshed! All that and more on the Foodshed Facebook page .

Missed an issue? See what your Food Security team has been doing here.

The Karuk Tribe's new Sípnuuk Digital Library supports food security and sovereignty with information on our regional food security issues, solutions and knowledge of traditional and contemporary foods and materials. Easy to use and open to all - sign up now!

The goal of the collaborative Klamath River Basin Food Security Project is to rebuild a sustainable food system that supports healthy communities, ecosystems and economies among the Karuk, Klamath and Yurok Tribes.
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