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Nature is Homeground

Photo Credits: Teresa Goff / Tad Nichols Collection (NAU-Cline Library)

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On some corner of the vast Earth, each one of us has a place—real or remembered—to call home. In this hour we are invited onto other people’s sacred ground.

Teresa Goff follows a trail of grease into the history of the Namgis Nation, Jeff Rice braves three-digit temperatures to find Charles Bowden’s home in the Sonoran Desert, and Sandy Tolan treads lightly at the monastic home of Barry Lopez. Also: in a story from the Kitchen Sisters, we meet two river guides who fell for Arizona’s Glen Canyon in the years before it was dammed—and we learn what happens once the place you love is gone.

A Portrait of Writer Barry Lopez
Oregon ~ Writer Barry Lopez has traveled the world. This profile takes us to his homeground in Oregon, where he writes, still using an IBM selectric. Produced by Sandy Tolan.

Web Links:

  • http://www.barrylopez.com
  • http://www.sandytolan.com
  • http://homelands.org

    The Grease Trails
    Photo by Teresa Goff
    The Grease Trails
    British Columbia ~ The Grease Trails, a centuries-old network of trails through Northwestern Canada, described as the cultural arteries of First Nations peoples. Once on the brink of vanishing, the trails are being resurrected by a new generation. Produced by Teresa Goff.

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    More photos from this story in our Photo Gallery.

    Thirty Miles till Water
    Arizona ~ The Sonoran desert, with its three-digit temperatures and miles between water, is an unlikely place to sustain life. But for Charles Bowden, it is an oasis. Produced by Jeff Rice.

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    Cry Me a River
    River guide and activist Ken Sleight says he was raised on horses. Photo courtesy of Tad Nichols Collection/NAU-Cline Library.

    Cry Me a River
    Colorado River ~ A portrait of pioneering river activists Ken Sleight and Katie Lee, which explores their dramatic efforts to save wild rivers, the rise of the environmental movement and the power of individuals to make a difference. Produced by The Kitchen Sisters and Martha Ham.

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  • Read our interview with The Kitchen Sisters, Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva.
  • More photos from this story in our Photo Gallery.

    Web Links:

  • http://www.kitchensisters.org
  • http://www.glencanyon.org

  • Production: Atlantic Public Media. Curated by Jay Allison and Emily Botein.
    Funding: Supported by The Nature Conservancy and Visa.

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