Wednesday, April 22, 2015

"Red Fancy Dancer" is a Gold Selection at International Exhibit

I'm excited that "Red Fancy Dancer, Arlee Celebration, Flathead Nation" -- a Native American photograph from my "Still Here" book -- will be featured as a Gold Selection in an international juried exhibit, "Photography: The Full Spectrum."
It opens April 28th at The North Valley Art League in Redding, CA and is up through May 30th.
Directions, hours:
Online gallery for this amazing exhibit coming soon!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Wow! Landscape Photography Workshop -- Seeing Anew Starts April 11th

N. Scott Momaday said, "I realize my humanity in proportion as I receive my reflection in the landscape that enfolds me.  It has always been so."

We are tied to our landscapes in ways we may not verbalize, yet the power of these wild places works within us.  I was taken into wild places since infancy.   Nature feels like home to me, a sanctuary that restores and calms me.   It gives me a renewed knowing of my place in the world.  

Realize your own creative vision of wild places in my "Wow! Landscape Photography" workshop.   Two Saturday afternoons into evening on April 11th and 18th.   
Details and register:   925-943-5846  or

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Wow! Middle Earth is Right Here


That's how it looked yesterday as I hiked Round Valley, east of Mt. Diablo.  Then I thought about the first people who called this area home.  According to archeologists, California Indians from the west and east socialized and traded here going back thousands of years, based on several ancient sites in the valley.

If you live in or are visiting the Bay Area on Saturday April 11th and 18th, and you love landscape photography, check out my "Wow! Landscape Photography" class in Walnut Creek, CA and nearby Mt. Diablo's hidden canyons.  Walk where Bay Miwok people lived and remember:  Mt. Diablo was and is sacred ground. 

Register at 925-943-5846or

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Haida G’waii – Returning to the Language

Last summer I visited Haida G’waii, home of the Haida people in northwestern British Columbia.  This remote chain of islands near Alaska draws few visitors except sports fishermen and people who love silence and stunning beauty.  But there’s something else happening when I look beyond steep mountains meeting ocean.  The Haida are returning to their language. 

Language advocacy, the renewing of Native languages and thereby tribal cultures nearly extinguished by colonization, is on the rise across North America.  Visiting the Skidegate Haida Immersion Program (S.H.I.P.) for the first time, I’m an outsider struck by contrasts.  This fishing village is small and quiet; the S.H.I.P. longhouse is large and filled with the sound of spoken Haida.  Elders and a few others wear professional headphones, using mics to learn and share.  A sound mixing board sits at the far end of the room, run by a young Haida man. 

I caught Pat, pictured here, outside the longhouse taking a break before she returned to play spoken Haida bingo.

S.H.I.P. was founded in 1998 because:

Ga ḵ’aayas gina g̱ii guudang.ngaay hlkuuxiidas

 - The concern of the elders

 Ga X̱aayda Kil g̱aay idsda sing.gwa’ad gyin

 - Is that once the fluent Haida Speakers pass away

 X̱aayda Kil idsda gaagu g̱as ga

 - The Haida Language would be lost from us

 X̱aayda yahk’ii sg̱wanang giyuu id sdaahll

 - We wish to remain true Haidas always