Explore Seattle's urban forest and the humans that live within it.
Imagine what the Puget Sound might look like in the year 2070, if it's to become a place where both trees and humans grow old. Share in the stories and histories that have shaped the forest we live in: colonialism, assimilation boarding schools, Japanese internment, and regional restoration among them. Follow the story of Chief Seattle Club, as they turn concrete into a Medicine Garden at Eagle Village.
Welcome to Growing Old.
Contiguous (episode 8)
In the season one finale of Growing Old, travel forward to the year 2070, and explore the contiguous forest of Seattle’s future. Visit Eagle Village, where residents came together to turn concrete into a medicine garden during the COVID-19 pandemic. Reflect on the first season of Growing Old, and share your vision for what our city might look like in the year 2070.
Reset (episode 7)
Explore what it looks like to fragment a forest, to drain a river, and to make a city unsafe for the humans that live there. Travel from the Black River to the West Duwamish Greenbelt, from Rainier Beach to Judkins Park, and ask, what would it take to press reset? Instead of a continued legacy of deforestation, displacement, and police brutality, what if Seattle tried something completely new?
Hear how the Duwamish River became a waterway and how the Black River became a stream. Learn from food sovereignty strategist Valerie Segrest about the role of the Duwamish River in the Muckleshoot creation story and how a Supreme Court decision renewed Tribal access to ancestral fishing sites, pressing reset on their economy.
Travel to the West Duwamish Greenbelt, where 500 acres were logged, mined for gravel, nearly turned into a highway, and finally restored to the largest contiguous forest in Seattle. Hear from Lylianna Allala, Climate Justice Director with the city of Seattle’s Office of Sustainability and Environment and Nancy Whitlock from the Nature Consortium about what it took to press reset, and to begin restoring a biodiverse forest.
March with 60,000 people from Judkins Park to Jefferson Park to declare police brutality a greater public health crisis than coronavirus. Hear from Jace ECAJ and Colleen Echohawk on what a resilient forest can teach us about keeping each other safe, and how we might press reset in this moment.
Listen to the premiere of Affliction, the new single from Glass Heart String Choir which was inspired by the West Duwamish Greenbelt and written for the Growing Old series.
Stay for the Trees (episode 6)
Meet five native Seattle trees and plants through the eyes of humans that care for them: The Western Red Cedar, Dougfir, Madrone, White Pine, and Fern. Gain identification skills to help you find them in your urban forest. Learn how you can help them become climate resilient.
Visit the Washington Park Arboretum, and meet the champion Pacific Crabapple growing old there. Learn what it would take to see more native trees growing along Seattle's streets.
Hear the premiere of Until the Break of Dawn, the new single from Black Stax written for Season 1 of Growing Old.
Reciprocity (episode 5)
Explore the role that trees play in human health and urban climate resilience, particularly amid a pandemic. Talk with City of Seattle urban forestry policy advisor Sandra Pinto de Bader, Urban Forestry Commission chair Weston Brinkley, and University of Washington research social scientist Kathy Wolf about the risks facing Seattle’s local trees with regards to climate change, development, and unintended neglect. Discuss the role of reciprocity and care in restoring Seattle’s “emerald” canopy. This is Growing Old.
Sing the Old Songs: Part 2 (episode 4)
Picture what it would look like for Seattle's housing and hospital infrastructure to reflect Coast Salish culture. Consider the role that forced sterilization of Native women has played in creating today’s high rates of Native infant mortality. Travel to the heart of SODO, where the Chief Seattle Club is turning concrete into a Medicine Garden. This is Growing Old.
Sing the Old Songs: Part 1 (episode 4)
Explore the systems of assimilation that aimed to eliminate Native culture in the United States, systems that began in Washington State. Travel to the Yakima Indian Reservation, where the very first assimilation board school opened, sparking the seizure of tens of thousands of Native children from their parents. Hear how one family rediscovered the songs of their ancestors.
Every Seattleite, Pacific Northwesterner, or anyone who lives on land that was inhabited/stewarded by first peoples needs to listen.
Connecting to place
I’m experiencing a deep appreciation for the reverence of local wisdom and insights of Seattle from local storytellers. The music is beautiful, the cadence deeply peaceful and inviting. The questions posed have been thought provoking causing me to grapple with my own understanding of the relationship humans have with nature, culture, history and the future we could have.
Beautiful soundscape and stories
The sound and story production on this podcast are so extraordinarily beautiful, it’s practically a guided meditation. Meditation infused with enlightening local history and inspiring movement leaders.