Last fall, a group of Native Americans from all over the country congregated in the Bay Area to participate in an annual swim from Alcatraz to San Francisco.
In the week leading up to the big event, the group headed out for practice swims early in the morning and spent the afternoon visiting several sites in the Bay Area designed to give the participants an experiential learning experience in practicing public health and wellness.
Participants say they hope to pass on what they learned to community members back home through promoting healthier eating practices and an active lifestyle.
The group spent an October afternoon in Pescadero (south of Half Moon Bay) harvesting produce from Addwater Farm to sell at the Pescadero Farmer's Market. The group then worked with Addwater Farms' Brian Coltrin to prepare the produce for market sale.
The swim and experiential education program was sponsored by PATHSTAR, a San Francisco-based organization founded by Nancy Iverson, a physician who worked at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota for many years.
Participants in the 2011 program came from the following tribal/native nation backgrounds:
Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe (Pine Ridge Reservation, S. Dak.)
Tlingit, Haida and Ketchikan Indian Community (Alaska)
Colville Federated Tribes (Washington State)
I produced this video for Half Moon Bay Patch.