Left: Margo Robbins not only leads Training Exchanges, but also weaves her culture’s celebrated baskets. “Our people are hunters, gatherers and basket weavers,” says Robbins. “Restoration of the land, and preservation of our culture is a number one priority for people living on the Yurok Reservation. We MUST put fire on the ground if we are to continue the tradition of basket weaving.”
Right: Young beargrass and acorns stand out against the dark background of charred forest litter culturally burned by the Yurok community 3 months prior. This acreage provides easily accessible tan oak acorns for food and beargrass for basketry materials, alongside other plants with cultural uses.