Indigenous Communities

Rulers of the Upper Realm, Thunderbirds Are Powerful Native Spirits

— Also known as Thunderers or Thunderbeings, the bird-like spirits’ particular attributes and stories can vary by tribe and even family line.

On the Alaska Coast, Native Women Are Reviving a Cozy Tradition

— The Yup’ik art of sewing feather-lined parkas for babies was nearly lost after the government outlawed the spring waterfowl hunt. Luckily, a centenarian Elder remembered how it’s done.

For These Cree First Nations, Canada Geese Are Central to Cultural Revival

— In Northern Canada, Indigenous traditions surrounding the annual waterfowl hunt have stayed resilient to challenges.

The Tale of One Tiny Songbird Is Amplifying an Ancient Mayan Language

— How a children's book about the endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler became part of a movement to embrace Indigenous languages in Mexico.

An Indigenous Effort to Return Condors to the Pacific Northwest Nears Its Goal

— The Yurok Tribe plans to soon reintroduce North America's largest bird to northern California, where the raptor hasn't soared for a century.
Bradford Kasberg in Eggers Grove, Chicago. Frankie Pedersen

Working to Restore Bird Habitat, I Carry On Traditions That Were Meant to Be Erased

— Indigenous Peoples’ Day is a chance to celebrate the diversity and resilience of our country’s original inhabitants, whose long-overlooked ecological knowledge can help guide conservation today.