• Photograph by Amy Kumler
  • Issue of
  • October - December 2016
  • Vol. 3, No. 2
  • Fall/Winter 2016

Meet the Locals — There's Local, and then there's local. Go back before all the stately Victorian buildings in Old Town and Ferndale, back before the timber barons or Alexander von Humboldt himself, and you'll come to the original people of the North Coast. Humboldt County is home to a number of Native American tribes, including the Hupa, Karuk, Yurok, Wiyot and Tolowa people. In this issue of the Insider, we're celebrating the creativity and resilience of our area's true locals, from contemporary art to ancient history to living traditions.

In Perfect Trips, you'll get a cultural perspective on our landscape and its flora and fauna, as well as places for you (and the kids) to learn about tribal life and traditions. All the better to appreciate the history and heritage echoed in painting, jewelry and intricate basketry made today by Humboldt craftspeople and artists. You'll also meet André Cramblit, a Karuk tribal member and educator who's helping to keep the Karuk language alive and share Native American culture at events like the Intertribal Elders Gathering.

For a little indoor exploring, we'll take you to the gallery/gift shop run by the North Coast Indian Development Council to peruse some beautiful work, as well as our oldest independent bookstore to dive into the local catalog for history buffs.

The gastronomically curious will enjoy our foray into mushroom hunting in the forests of Humboldt, which are a mycologist's dream. We'll also take you on a getaway to the Historic Requa Inn for views of unspoiled natural beauty along the Klamath River, some good company and a meal that will have you rethinking family-style dining. Top it off with a devilish cocktail featuring a new Eureka-distilled vodka and a trip to a chocolate shop for handcrafted indulgences.

As always, we hope you enjoy your time on the North Coast, and we hope this sampling of local heritage and history inspires you to explore on your own.

— Jennifer Fumiko Cahill



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