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Connecting Indigenous People All Around the World

All around the world, indigenous cultures hold knowledge of inestimable value for understanding how to relate to the natural world. Jon Waterhouse has a plan for linking them all together.

Healing Journey 2013: Tribes and Schools Cleaning Up Alaska

On each “Healing Journey” Expedition, Jon Waterhouse uses travel along rivers, recording traditional knowledge from local people, and detailed scientific readings of water conditions and quality using cutting-edge technology. In March and April Jon and team are traveling from St. Mary’s, Alaska along the Yukon River by aircraft and snowmachine. Meanwhile his long-time collaborator John…

Planetwalk 2013: On Foot Through Indiana and Ohio

John Francis is currently leading an undergraduate group on a “Planetwalk” through rural U.S. states. Follow along as they tackle the country one step at a time and share their thoughts and lessons along the way.

Planetwalk and Healing Journey Begin Twin Voyages

Stopping to smell the roses is good. Going to smell the roses might just be even better. Follow along as two NG Explorers embark on similar journeys, thousands of miles apart, to get closer to the world around us.

Healing Journey 2013: Science and Culture Along the Yukon

Follow along as Jon Waterhouse leads a “Healing Journey” from St. Mary’s, Alaska along the Yukon River by plane and snowmachine to study the river, snow, and ice, and celebrate indigenous cultures and traditions along the way.

Paddling 600 Miles Through Alaska

Paddling 600 miles through Alaska from Northway to the village of Tanana, explorer Jon Waterhouse and his team have been on a mission to study the river and learn from its native inhabitants.

Canoeing Alaska’s Tanana River

Jon Waterhouse’s latest Healing Journey takes him to eastern Alaska to record traditional knowledge and scientific data along the Tanana River, a main tributary of the Yukon.

Drumbeats Echo Along the Yukon as The Healing Journey Arrives in Ruby, Alaska

Children, adults, and Elders of more than 70 tribes and First Nations along the Yukon River have gathered to celebrate their culture, educate the new generation, and tackle difficult issues around nuclear power, dwindling salmon, and water rights. NG Fellow Jon Waterhouse reports as part of his 2011 Healing Journey.

The Healing Journey Continues…

NG Fellow Jon Waterhouse’s Healing Journey brings him and his team along the Yukon River to meet people living more closely connected to nature, and to inspire kids to learn those ways and keep them alive, all while taking hi-tech scientific readings on the health of the river. Follow his journey here on Nat Geo NewsWatch.

Trading Rush Hour for the River

Two visitors join NG Fellow Jon Waterhouse’s “Healing Journey” and experience the life of people along the Yukon River as few outsiders do. See how they were inspired and refreshed by the sights, smells, and human relationships in the region.

Healing Journey 2011: Back to Alaska

Jon Waterhouse was told by native elders and tribal leaders around the Yukon watershed to “go out, take the pulse of the river.” Four years later, he returns to do more hard science and cultural renewal.

Jon Waterhouse’s Healing Journey: Sudan

In a war-ravaged world that is beyond remote lurks an unseen killer named Kala-azar. National Geographic Education Fellow Jon Waterhouse shares a story of Old Fangak. By Jon Waterhouse In a very few days–on January 9, 2011–the people of southern Sudan will vote on a referendum for independence as part of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement…

Healing Journey: A Costly Coastal Legacy for the Gulf of Mexico

National Geographic Education Fellow Jon Waterhouse writes from Louisiana’s Gulf Coast that, for some residents who rely on marine life for a living, reports that we’re past the worst of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill’s consequences don’t ring true. By Jon Waterhouse All is not right with the world–not in Louisiana, at least. As the…

Healing Journey: On to Anvik

National Geographic grantee and contributor Jon Waterhouse, an avid paddler and Alaska Region Director of the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council, is leading the 2010 Healing Journey down the Koyukuk River from Coldfoot to Koyukuk, Alaska. Along the way, he’s calling from the field via satellite phone to share stories with BlogWild readers of the…

Healing Journey: Huslia on the Koyukuk

National Geographic grantee and contributor Jon Waterhouse, an avid paddler and Alaska Region Director of the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council, is leading the 2010 Healing Journey down the Koyukuk River from Coldfoot to Koyukuk, Alaska. Along the way, he’s calling from the field via satellite phone to share stories with BlogWild readers of the…