Jon Waterhouse

Listening to Our Ancestors: Biocultural Diversity through the Indigenous Lens

Text by Jon Waterhouse | Photos by Mary Marshall National Geographic Explorers Traditional community on the Giraffe River (Bahr-el-Zaraf) in South Sudan, 2011 This article first appeared in Langscape Magazine 6:2, Winter 2017, available from the magazine’s website.  The article can also be ...

Adding an Indigenous Perspective to a Global Scientific Effort

In an exciting collaboration to better understand the world’s most complicated watersheds, the Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have joined forces to create the Global Rivers Observatory (GRO)—an ambitious effort committed ...

NASA Goes Native! A Tribal Spin on the Solar Eclipse

On Monday, August 21, 2017, Mary and I joined the University of Washington-based Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium and the Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline (NWESSP), and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs on the Warm Strings Reservation in central Oregon. ...

Get Inspired and Challenged by Native Youth Congress

Recently, Mary and I had the privilege of returning to Shepherdstown, West Virginia to join over a hundred Native youth at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) located on the banks of the Potomac River. ...

Our ‘National Disgrace’: The Crime at Standing Rock

By Jon Waterhouse with Mary Marshall So. We come to the close of Native American Heritage Month. In 1990, President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution of Congress designating November “National American Indian Heritage Month,” and it has been ...

Standing With Standing Rock and the Right to Clean Water

By Jon Waterhouse and Mary Marshall Examine the protests over construction of the Dakota Access pipeline with an objective mind (links below, basic facts here) and you’ll arrive at the conclusion that the Native Americans gathered at Standing Rock ...

Hand-Carved Traditional Dugout Canoes Take to the Water Again

By Jon Waterhouse with Mary Marshall Every summer, U.S. Tribes and Canadian First Nations of the Pacific Northwest hold an extraordinary canoe event which takes them far from their home waters to gather on the traditional lands of other ...

Russia’s River Villages: Rushing Back to Moscow

Our trip to Yakutia in eastern Russia is finished, and we now head back to Moscow on our way home. Truly, Russia surprised and delighted us. We were continually amazed at the warm welcome, the accommodating people, and the focus ...

Russia’s River Villages: Sakha Celebration

After all of our official business was concluded—teaching the indigenous people of Russia’s Sakha Republic about our water-testing methods—we were invited to a feast and traditional dance exposé. The people of the Sakha Republic are fabulous. The ...

Russia’s River Villages: Art and Science Still Reign

Having hitchhiked our way down the Lena River (or up it, if one looks at a map and sees it flowing north), we at last reached the Sakha communities we had traveled so far to visit in eastern Siberia. Everywhere ...

Russia’s River Villages: Hitchhiking the Great Lena

As our journey to bring the Network of Indigenous Knowledge into Yakutia in eastern Russia continued, we came face-to-face with the mighty Lena River. Departing Zhigansk, we made plans (such that we could) to travel down the extraordinary river, which ...

Russia’s River Villages: Strangers in Strange Zhigansk

Our journey to bring the Network of Indigenous Knowledge and cleaner water to Yakutia in Russia continues! After our visits in Yakutsk, we took a stout old Antonov 120 aircraft north to Zhigansk. Upon our arrival in the last airport before ...

Russia’s River Villages: An Icy Grave

Jon Waterhouse and Mary Marshall take the Network of Indigenous Knowledge (NIK) and its citizen-science effort to monitor water health deep into Russia. Along the way, amid sanctions and tension between the U.S. and Russia, they find a more ...

Russia’s River Villages: Yakutsk Hospitality

Jon Waterhouse and Mary Marshall take the Network of Indigenous Knowledge (NIK) and its citizen-science effort to monitor water health deep into Russia. Along the way, amid sanctions and tension between the U.S. and Russia, they find a more ...