Episode 16: Reclaiming the Colorado

Episode 16: Reclaiming the Colorado

Welcome to the 16th episode of the Science Witch Podcast!

In this episode, Anjel interviews John Mahkewa, Hopi Elder, Permaculture consultant and water defender about his project the Yuma Convergence and his efforts to help restore the Colorado River. In this conversation, John shares stories of his indigenous traditions and how we can heal our own relationship with the earth and waters.

Before the interview, I talk about new additions and updates to our Patreon page.

Special thanks to our episode sponsors, Cricket and Iris Magical Botanicals.


Show Notes

Grace Chapella -John’s Grandmother and famous Hopi ceramic artist

Permaculture Principles

Sturgeon on the Colorado

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer


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Black Lives Matter

It is important that we acknowledge the fact that Portland, Oregon is located in the traditional homelands of the Multnomah, Wasco, Cowlitz, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Watlala Bands of Chinook, Tualatin Kalapuya, Molalla, and many other indigenous nations who made their homes along the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. It is our intention in recognizing these communities to honor their lives, their legacies, their elders, their descendants, and the vibrancy and importance of their ongoing work—and to stand in solidarity with them at every opportunity.