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The Hope of Wild Places

February 16, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Join ONDA for the first event in the 2021 High Desert Speaker Series, a virtual conversation with Northern Paiute spiritual leader and oral historian Wilson Wewa and photographer and filmmaker Jason Houston. After a showing of their short film “The Owyhee Project” (working title), follow along for an illuminating dialogue between Wilson, Jason and ONDA’s Campaign Manager Corie Harlan about Oregon’s uniquely remarkable Owyhee Canyonlands, the role of storytelling in conservation, and the hope offered by protected wild places.

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About the speakers


Wilson Wewa is a spiritual leader and oral historian for the Warm Springs Paiute. He is a great-grandson of both Chief Paulina and Chief Weahwewa, two of the most important and influential Paiute chiefs in the tribe’s history. He is a frequent speaker on Great Basin history and culture who has presented at a number of universities and other venues across the country.




Jason Houston’s photography and filmmaking explores how we live on the planet and with each other from the perspective of community, culture, and the human experience. He has worked in over 30 countries on projects ranging from indigenous land rights in the Amazon to small-scale fisheries throughout the tropics to wild land firefighting in the American West. His work has been published editorially and exhibited publicly around the world and he is a Senior Fellow at International League of Conservation Photographers and a Fellow at Wake Forest University’s Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability.


Interested in our other 2021 High Desert Speaker Series events? Find out more.

Photo courtesy of Mark Darnell

Only one person per household should register for this event. We will email you a private link to join the live event one hour prior to the start time. This event will be recorded and a link will be sent to registrants afterward.

Special thanks to our sponsor, First Interstate Bank!

And, thank you to our business supporters for donating fantastic giveaway prizes:


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February 16, 2021
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Caelin Weiss
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