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David Risling, one of the most respected Native American elders in the world and considered by many as the father of California Indians, returns to the Hoopa reservation in Humboldt County where he grew up. While there he spends time fishing for steelhead salmon in the Trinity and Klamath rivers and revisiting places from his childhood in Hoopa Valley. At nearly 80, Risling continues to champion the causes of Native Americans. A former professor at the University of California/Davis for 22 years, he helped establish the DQ University and the California Indian Legal Service and many other Indian advocacy organizations. Risling walked through a Hoopa village along the banks of the Trinity river now primarily used for ceremonial purposes. The homes were destroyed during the historical floods of 1964-65 and have been rebuilt since then.
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David Risling, one of the most respected Native American elders in the world and considered by many as the father of California Indians, returns to the Hoopa reservation in Humboldt County where he grew up. While there he spends time fishing for steelhead salmon in the Trinity and Klamath rivers and revisiting places from his childhood in Hoopa Valley. At nearly 80, Risling continues to champion the causes of Native Americans. A former professor at the University of California/Davis for 22 years, he helped establish the DQ University and the California Indian Legal Service and many other Indian advocacy organizations. Risling walked through a Hoopa village along the banks of the Trinity river now primarily used for ceremonial purposes. The homes were destroyed during the historical floods of 1964-65 and have been rebuilt since then.