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Jon Waterhouse’s destiny was foretold the moment he pushed his canoe off the bank of the Yukon River and started to paddle. That incredible 2007 canoe trip, which he christened “the Healing Journey,” began with a simple request by the native elders and tribal leaders living in the Yukon River watershed to "go out, take the pulse of the river."

Waterhouse’s journey raised awareness of the importance of environmental stewardship, combined traditional native knowledge with modern science, and helped rebuild intimate connections between Yukon communities and the natural world. The journey soon stretched far beyond the Yukon and led the Native American down rivers and through cultures in distant parts of South America, Russia, Greenland, Africa, and New Zealand.

Russia’s River Villages: Hitchhiking the Great Lena

Join Jon Waterhouse as he and his team trek to eastern Russia to bring the Network of Indigenous Knowledge (NIK) and its water tests to the peoples of Yakutia in this multi-part series. Forced to hitchhike on giant cargo ships, the team makes their way along the Lena River.

Russia’s River Villages: Strangers in Strange Zhigansk

Join Jon Waterhouse as he and his team trek to eastern Russia to bring the Network of Indigenous Knowledge (NIK) and its water tests to the peoples of Yakutia in this multi-part series. Here, Jon and company land in Zhigansk and marvel at its oddities.

Russia’s River Villages: An Icy Grave

Join Jon Waterhouse as he and his team trek to eastern Russia to bring the Network of Indigenous Knowledge (NIK) and its water tests to the peoples of Yakutia in this multi-part series. In a brief stopover, the team descends into the ice of Russia’s Permafrost Institute.

Russia’s River Villages: Yakutsk Hospitality

Join Jon Waterhouse as he and his team trek to eastern Russia to bring the Network of Indigenous Knowledge (NIK) and its water tests to the peoples of Yakutia in this multi-part series. Here, the team finally arrives at the remote Sakha region, and is given a grand welcome!

Russia’s River Villages: A Tale of Two Countries

Join Jon Waterhouse as he and his team trek to eastern Russia to bring the Network of Indigenous Knowledge (NIK) and its water tests to the peoples of Yakutia in this multi-part series. As the team lands in Russia, the atmosphere surprises them.

Russia’s River Villages: Water Quality in Yakutia

Join Jon Waterhouse as he and his team trek to eastern Russia to bring the Network of Indigenous Knowledge (NIK) and its water tests to the peoples of Yakutia in this multi-part series.

Journey of the Sea Lion, Part Two: Totem Poles, New and Old

Jon Waterhouse and Mary Marshall join the voyage of the National Geographic expedition vessel, the Sea Lion, to tour and discover some of the best that the ecosystems and cultures of the Pacific Northwest have to offer. As the journey continues, the Haida people showcase their ongoing way of life and stunning artwork.

Journey of the Sea Lion, Part One: Majesty of the Pacific Northwest

Jon Waterhouse and Mary Marshall join the voyage of the National Geographic expedition vessel, the Sea Lion, to tour and discover some of the best that the ecosystems and cultures of the Pacific Northwest have to offer.

Inside the Amazonian Basin: Learning, Led Zeppelin, and Life in the Jungle

Jon Waterhouse runs into unexpected encounters with people, animals, and insects in the Peruvian jungle during his journey to connect indigenous people from cultures around the world.

No Break for South Sudan: Clinic Goes Up, Violence Rains Down

As South Sudan struggles with recent violence and a tense ceasefire, Alaskans of the Alaska Sudan Medical Project reach out to their long-time friends in Africa, and continue to support the clinic that makes Old Fangak a haven for the sick, displaced, and injured.

Road Trip Along the Network of Indigenous Knowledge

Jon Waterhouse heads to Peru to connect indigenous people from cultures around the world, but first, he and his team must make a harrowing journey into the jungle.

Indigenous Groups Rally to Rescue North America’s Freshwater

As the U.N. marks the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, discover one way indigenous people are working on major issues like conservation around the world.

Connecting Indigenous People All Around the World

All around the world, indigenous cultures hold knowledge of inestimable value for understanding how to relate to the natural world. Jon Waterhouse has a plan for linking them all together.

Ancient Traditions and Modern Tech at Work in Russian Mission, Alaska

Side-splitting laughter with the Elders and enthusiastic sessions with the school kids make the team’s trip to Russian Mission, Alaska unforgettable.

Healing Journey 2013: Tribes and Schools Cleaning Up Alaska

On each “Healing Journey” Expedition, Jon Waterhouse uses travel along rivers, recording traditional knowledge from local people, and detailed scientific readings of water conditions and quality using cutting-edge technology. In March and April Jon and team are traveling from St. Mary’s, Alaska along the Yukon River by aircraft and snowmachine. Meanwhile his long-time collaborator John…