Humboldt County Office of Education: Family Maker Night | September 17, 2020

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Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020 • 5:15 – 7:30 p.m.

Pathmakers Program presents Cultural Fire

This month: Native STEAM Inspired by:

  • Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK)
  • Yurok Cultural Fire
  • Fire Technology

What’s A Virtual Family Maker Night?

For the 2020-2021 school year, all Family Maker Nights will be held via Zoom. Each one will feature one or more hosts and a variety of activities designed so that you can follow along and do them at home. Videos of the activities will also be archived so you can watch them and do the activities later if you want.

 Orientation Videos

Maker Night Welcome

About Pathmakers

How to Use Zoom



5:15 – 5:30 p.m.

Presented by:

Tanya Trump, HCOE Family Maker Night Coordinator

Video Orientation

Please watch the three videos at the top of this page independently before we begin at 5:30 p.m.

  • Overview of 2020-21 Virtual Family Maker Night
  • Overview of the Pathmakers program
  • Brief Zoom Overview (for those new to Zoom)

Tending the Wild – Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK)

5:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Presented by:

Merry Kate Lowry (Anishaabe/Wyandot), HCOE Pathmakers Mobile Maker Technician

Overview of the Presentation Content:

Merry Kate will share clips from the video “Tending the Wild” and participants will learn about Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) in Northwestern California and explore Indigenous art inspired by TEK. 

The full “Tending the Wild” video can be viewed on YouTube.

Hands-on Activity:

Directed Art Activity – Look at artwork created by Lyn Risling, an artist whose work reflects the revival and continuation of cultural traditions and the natural world of her tribal peoples, the Karuk, Yurok, and Hupa. Create your own art using the presentation as your inspiration.

Recommended Supplies

Assortment of art supplies such as:

  • paper
  • oil pastels
  • markers
  • watercolors
  • pencils
  • crayons
  • paper
  • scissors

Yurok Cultural Fire

6:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Presented by:

Skip Lowry (Yurok/Maidu), Interpreter at Sumeg Village at Patrick’s Point State Park

Special Guest:

Elizabeth Azzuz (Yurok), Cultural Fire Management Council member

Overview of the Presentation Content:

Skip and Elizabeth will teach about the traditional relationship between Yurok culture and fire as a tool for Natural Resource Management.  Both Skip and Elizabeth will share videos that illustrate the concepts they share.

There will be Q&A time at the end of the presentation.

The full video shared by Skip can be found on the Yurok Tribe Facebook page.

The video shared by Elizabeth can be viewed on YouTube.

Hands-on Activity:

Continue to create with Cultural Fire and TEK as your inspiration

Hack This Coyote Science: Waterproof Matches

6:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Presented by:

Merry Kate Lowry (Anishaabe/Wyandot), HCOE Pathmakers Mobile Maker Technician

Overview of the Presentation Content:

  • Merry Kate will share Coyote Science as they explore the chemical reaction that occurs in fire.
  • Watch (or follow along) with Skip, K’nek’nek’ and Repoy and make waterproof matches.
  • There will be Q&A time with Skip and the boys.

Hands-on Activity

Make waterproof matches

Supplies Needed

Wooden matches (or booklet of matches), nail polish (clear is best)

Traditional Ways of Fire Making

7:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Presented by:

Marlee Mansfield-Chavez, Blue Lake Rancheria Pathmakers

Overview of the Presentation Content:

Marlee will share the different ways Indigenous people create fire and share a video of Joe Marshall with the Warrior Institute making fire with a hand drill.

We will finish up with the video: “Theft of Fire”, a traditional story by aawok Jimmy James

Hands on: Continue with your art project

Share Your Creations!

We would love to be able to share your creations with others. Please submit your photos and we’ll post them here!

How was it?

Please let us know who attended the event and how we did, and how we might be able to make it better next go-around.

Fun illustrations of robots


Tanya Trump
Director, Career & College Resources

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