Human settlement in the San Francisco Bay Area dates back 10,000 years to early Native American settlements. Today, the region is a teeming metropolis of 7 million people that collectively challenge the health of the region's ecosystems. How it got this way is a story that prompts a deeper understanding of our place in the landscape.

joaquin murieta painting by Charles Christian Nahl

The Celebrated Joaquín Murieta

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It’s a true crime story set in the early days of California statehood, with themes of racism, colonialism, and the legitimacy of state violence. Do more people need to know about The Life and Adventures of Joaquín Murieta?

Aleut dancers

The Price of “Soft Gold”

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My ancestors were among the Indigenous peoples who once lived alongside Russians on the Sonoma Coast. After 150 years, we’re telling our story.

chinook salmon

Did Salmon Always Live in San José?

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After an absence of many decades, Chinook salmon swim up the Guadalupe River in San José most winters. The fish look for places to lay eggs and often find them. If there’s enough water left in the dry season, their … Read more