Welcome to the showcase of the Confederated Villages of Lisjan Coastal Stories, created by The Watershed Project as part of the North Richmond Shoreline Adaptation Project.

This platform is dedicated to fostering a deeper understanding of the cultural and historical significance of Tribal members and extends beyond the realms of project documentation — it’s about amplifying the voices of the Tribal representatives who graciously shared their stories and perspectives. Through careful curation of interview questions and selection of filming locations, our team of staff and interns aimed to capture Tribal living narratives, creating a testament to the rich heritage of the North Richmond Shoreline and watersheds and serving as a vital bridge between past and present. By showcasing the lived experiences of Tribal members who continue to be an integral part of our community and their important work in tending to the land, we aim to enhance their presence and ecosystem restoration efforts, fostering a profound appreciation for their cultural and environmental contributions. 

Join us in honoring and preserving the tapestry of Tribal culture that thrives amongst us, embedded in the very fabric of the North Richmond Shoreline. We are especially thankful to the four wise, knowledgeable, and generous women from the Confederated Villages of Lisjan: Ruth Orta, Deja Gould, Cheyenne Zepeda, and Kanyon Sayers-Roods.

We gratefully acknowledge the State Coastal Conservancy for their generous funding support in making this project possible.

North Richmond Shoreline

Deja Gould and Cheyenne Zepeda on Creeks

Ruth Orta on Oaks and Acorns

Ruth Orta on Oaks and Acorns Part II

Ruth Orta on Oaks and Acorns Part III

Ruth Orta and Kanyon Sayers-Roods on Water

Ruth Orta and Kanyon Sayers-Roods on Water Part II