Excerpt from Saving the Bighorn Sheep Songs.
The 71-year-old voice sings: He kwe ma to kai yu pe.
The 17-year-old voice repeats: He kwe ma to kai yu pe.
Ernest H. Siva is teaching his grand-nephew Isaac Horsman Rodriguez the Serrano Bighorn Sheep Songs (Paa'chucham). The Paa'chucham are a series of songs telling an ancient Serrano story about the creation of the Bighorns. Mr. Siva is perhaps the only person who has been singing the songs and sharing them in recent years. Now, he is teaching this fragment of the past to Isaac, for the future. (Written in 2008 for Dorothy Ramon Learning Center's Heritage Keepers newsletter, which I edit, design, and publish.)
Online sampling: How voices tell a story
President Obama Honors Morongo Tribal Member
“That day I started saving my money. Of every cent I earned and obtained over the next years, half of it went into my savings account. One must recognize that at that time there weren’t a lot of employment opportunities for little Indian girls living on a reservation. But when I pulled all my resources together some four years later, I had at total of $1,000 and change. Mrs. Adams’s visit was clearly a turning point. I knew I was 'smart' … But I had never thought about going college before her visit — and I freely confess I had no idea what college was. But this nice, very important (in my view) lady took the trouble to talk with my mother about college and thought that it was important that I go.” (News profile and photo of Native American education leader Marigold Linton. Article employs narrative and voice through oral history techniques, published 2011, UC Riverside newsroom.)
|July 4th bike parader in Long Beach area (Pat Murkland Photo)|
A sampling of the spot news, news photos, community news, police and public safety news, enterprise articles and features written and photographed in a stint as a sub editor on a patch.com news site, over the July 4th holiday in 2012:
Star-Spangled Bikes Celebrate Fourth With Great American Kids Parade
The Red, White, and Blue of the Kids' Bike Parade
Their July 4 Was Busiest Day of the Year
Arrests Made in Long Beach Stabbing
Man Faces Attempted Murder Charge in Code-Enforcement Shooting
Police Will Try to Arrest Some of You This Weekend
Bay To Sizzle With July 3 Fireworks
A Few People Got Nabbed With Illegal Fireworks
(Published July 2012, belmontshorepatch)
Explaining the complex clearly
Murrieta Council to Consider Police Retirement Changes (On deadline, published Nov. 26, 2012, murrietapatch)
Responsible Journalism Called Crucial to Democratic Society
(Written in 2001 on a really tight deadline for The Press-Enterprise newspaper, this foretold some challenges of online journalism in 2013)
Sharing stories from history
San Gorgonio Inn: An Icon of the Past
San Gorgonio Inn, demolished today (April 18, 2011), has been a landmark of Banning for more than 100 years.
The Inn also was an icon of San Gorgonio Pass, which for countless years has offered travelers rest and respite between coast and desert.
Along the way the Inn has mirrored the history of the region — and the nation.
(Published in patch.com, April 2011)
Mrs. Gilman's cookies Baking through time
(Published in The Record-Gazette, December 2010)