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 read on Langscape Magazine’s Medium site. Langscape Magazine is a Terralingua publication.  We are now living…

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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 to the continuous study of watershed health around the world. So how cool that they recently invited us…

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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. This impressive trio would unite to co-host a once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse event combining…

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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 care—and shouldn’t we all. The threat at Standing Rock is not lack of oil or loss of jobs….

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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 PNW host communities. As paddlers make their way toward their destination in magnificent traditional dugout canoes, they…

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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 would be much faster than by land in this rugged, remote countryside. Reminders that we weren’t…

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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 peaceful journey and more friends than they ever imagined. We’ve worked with Valentine and the Permafrost Institute…

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