Washoe Storytelling and Watching Science Catch Up
Incline Village Library
Posted By: UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center
Join siblings Herman and Helen Fillmore, members of the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California, as they tell the legend of how Washoe trickster brothers, Puwecili and Damalali, shaped the Tahoe Basin. Herman is the director of the Cultural and Language Resources Department for the Washoe Tribe. Helen has her master’s degree in hydrology and is one of the chemists at UC Davis TERC. Together they will discuss how this story aligns with the geomorphological history of the Tahoe Basin (spoiler: it involves a tsunami), and its implications on Washoe resilience, current day land management perspectives, and the underrated role of human experiences in scientific endeavors.