Southwest, broad region
$4.5 million program to explore agriculture and water management on tribal lands, USDA-funded 'Native Waters on Arid Lands' brings together scientists, 1862 and 1994 land-grant institutions and tribal communities of Great Basin and Southwest to address agricultural water challenges
By: Jane Tors
March 24, 2015
Native Seeds: A Reflection of Time
Keywords: plants, agriculture, traditional plants, reclamation, reintroduction of indigenous varieties, sustainable, Arizona
The Cocopah community will reintroduce indigenous plant varieties from the 1800s that their people had farmed using traditional techniques. Tepary beans and sweet corn had been important crops and they now hope to make use of traditional and sustainable techniques that have been lost and help children to learn about these sacred plants.
Ancestral Pueblo logging practices could save New Mexico pinelands
By: Maya L. Kapoor
High Country News
December 11, 2017
Key words: ancestral ways, fire, logging, drought
Adapting ancestral ways of forestry management to modern practices may be the solution to limiting the number of highly destructive fires.
Fire in the Jemez
By: Thomas W. Swetnam, Regents’ Porfessor of Dendrochronology, Emeritus
Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, University of Arizona, Jemez Mountains Tree-Ring Lab. Jemez Post
March 21, 2017
This article from the Jemez Post describes the FHiRE (Fire and Humans in Resilient Ecosystems) project. This collaborative research project was started in 2011, and involved a group of scientists, forest managers and Jemez community members. It aimed at reconstructing the long-term human, forest and fire histories on the Southern Jemez Plateau.
Resilience Garden Bringing Traditional Agriculture Back: Indian Pueblo Cultural Center teaching traditional agriculture to tourists and locals
By: Frances Madeson.
Indian Country Media Network
March 6, 2017
The Resilience Garden at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico is a place where tourists and locals can meet like family, plunging their hands into sandy loamy soil to help bring forward the three sisters—corn, beans and squash. From March through October on the second Sunday of every month, for $5 per class, gardeners, foodies and cultural historians of all levels, can come together to learn about thousand year old Pueblo agricultural practices that still promote successful growing seasons.
Archaeology Southwest Magazine, Fire adds richness to the land, The Jemez FHiRE Project
Volume 30, Number 4
This issue is devoted to the Jemez FHiRE project, which involved researchers from a number of disciplines and tribal members to research fire useage over history to determine how past actions could influence future forest management. It honors traditional knowledge.
Senator works with Pueblo youth, NPS >Program takes young people to ancestral sites
by Arin McKenna
Saturday, July 4, 2015 at 10:00 am (Updated: July 7, 11:23 am)
Connecting geology and Native American culture on the reservation of Acoma Pueblo, New Mexcio, USA
By: Darryl Reano and Kenneth D. Ridgway
This article discusses the connection between geology of Acoma and cultural uses of various strata.
Tradition & Technology: San Carlos Apache Tribe's Food Database
By: R. Blauvelt
November 17, 2014
Key words: San Carlos Apache Tribe, traditional foods, database, First Nations Development Institute, diet
A traditional food database, developed by the San Carlos Apache Tribe, was initiated to promote a pre-reservation diet. Apache elders believe this relationship with food will diminish diet-related diseases, as well as strengthen the tribe socially and politically.
Drought forces some Native Americans to choose which tradition to save
By: Carrie Jung
March 20, 2014 5:00AM ET
Kewa (Santo Domingo) Pueblo elders discuss the choice between farming or irrigating in the traditional way.
Learning to farm from native drylanders, Puebloan cultures perfected early domesticated corn
By: Jim Mimiaga, staff writer
Article Last Updated: Thursday, August 22, 2013 5:33pm
Restoring and Maintaining Resilient Landscapes through Planning, Education, Support, and Cooperation on the San Carlos Apache Reservation
May 8, 2013
As a study of fire on the landscape, this report identifies fuel treatments' effectiveness and certain cultural values at risk, and makes suggestions for the future, regarding a return to a natural fire regime.
Case Study: Caring for the Trees: Restoring Timbisha Shoshone Land Management Practices in Death Valley National Park
By: Catherine S. Fowler, Pauline Esteves, Grace Goad, Bill Helmer, and Ken Watterson
Ecological Restoration, 21:302-306;doi:10.3368/er.21.4.302
Case Study: Destruction of an Ancient Indigenous Cultural Landscape: An Epitaph from Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
By: Gary Paul Nabhan
Ecological Restoration, December 2003, 21:290-295;doi:10.3368/er.21.4.290
A record of change - Science and elder observations on the Navajo Nation
Prepared in collaboration with the Navajo Nation
By: Margaret M. Hiza-Redsteer and Stephen M. Wessells
General Information Product 181
This piece combines Navajo elders' observations with Western science for a better understanding of changing environmental conditions on the Navajo Reservation.
Biogeochemical Studies of a Native American Runoff Agroecosystem
By: Jonathan A. Sandor, Jay B. Norton, Jeffrey A. Homburg, Deborah A. Muenchrath, Carleton S. White, Stephen Williams, Celeste I. Havener, and Peter D. Stahl
Geoarchaeology: An International Journal, Vol. 22, No. 3, 359–386
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Published online in Wiley Interscience
Researchers studied the soil of Zuni Tribe's maize fields and found that the careful placement of fields suggests knowledge and management of the soils.
Hopi-Kaibab National Forest Springs Restoration Project
The National Forest Service and the Hopi Tribe have partnered in a natural spring restoration effort within the Kaibab National Forest. The restoration effort and management plan for the natural springs are informed by Hopi elders' traditional ecological knowledge and is implemented through youth engagement and training.
Safeguarding Species, Languages, and Cultures in the Time of Diversity Loss: From the Colorado Plateau to Global Hotspots
By: Nabhan, Gary Paul, et al.
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden, volume 89, issue 2, on pages 164 - 175
Hotspots of biodiversity have become priority areas for land conservation initiatives, oftentimes without recognition that these areas are hotspots of cultural diversity as well. Using the Colorado Plateau ecoregion as a case study, this inquiry (1) outlines the broad geographic patterns of biological diversity and ethnolinguistic diversity within this ecoregion; (2) discusses why these two kinds of diversity are often influenced by the same geographic and historic factors; and (3) suggests what can be done to integrate traditional ecological knowledge of indigenous peoples into multicultural conservation collaborations. Published in Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden, volume 89, issue 2, on pages 164 - 175, in 2002.
Hotspots of biodiversity have become priority areas for land conservation initiatives, oftentimes without recognition that these areas are hotspots of cultural diversity as well. Using the Colorado Plateau ecoregion as a case study, this inquiry (1) outlines the broad geographic patterns of biological diversity and ethnolinguistic diversity within this ecoregion; (2) discusses why these two kinds of diversity are often influenced by the same geographic and historic factors; and (3) suggests what can be done to integrate traditional ecological knowledge of indigenous peoples into multicultural conservation collaborations.