9 episodes

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.

Growing Old: Tales from an Urban Canopy Tamara Power-Drutis, Colleen Echohawk, Katie Mosehauer, Lylianna Allala

    • Places & Travel
    • 4.9, 13 Ratings

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.

    Stay for the Trees (episode 6)

    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.

    • 36 min
    Reciprocity (episode 5)

    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.

    • 32 min
    Sing the Old Songs: Part 2 (episode 4)

    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.

    • 26 min
    Sing the Old Songs: Part 1 (episode 4)

    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.

    • 34 min
    Prairie Garden (episode 3)

    Prairie Garden (episode 3)

    Harvest wild plants with Native nutritionist Valerie Segrest of the Muckleshoot Tribe. Explore what a regionally-based food system could look like in the Pacific Northwest. Take part in establishing edible prairie-land in your city to increase access to native foods.

    • 29 min
    The Puget Sound Foodscape (teaser)

    The Puget Sound Foodscape (teaser)

    Explore what the Puget Sound foodscape looked like pre-contact with Native nutritionist and food sovereignty expert Valerie Segrest of the Muckleshoot Tribe.

    • 4 min

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13 Ratings

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