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Tapestry #5; Don't Mine Our Water, detail

Marsha and lead embroiderer Mary Moore invited Co-director, Susanne Cockrell’s students from the California College of the Arts to stitch with them in 2016. Susanne began to informally document the project and in 2019 Jeanne C. Finley joined the film project as co-director. The film moved into full production in time for COVID lockdown. During this time, wildfires raged, reinforcing climate catastrophe as a central thread in the film. In 2021 we were fortunate to be able to invite Bay Area cinematographer Andy Black to the project bringing insight and visual organization to the film. Recent film graduates Yumeng Guo and Shelby Johnson have given their invaluable time and skill as we move into post-production. We continue to film and support the community's search for a fire-safe home for this amazing project stopping in on the Tuesday and Thursday afternoon stitching bees as the last tapestry, Artists and Artisans, comes to completion. 

Susanne Cockrell

Creator/Producer, Co-Director

Susanne Cockrell is an artist and educator who lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her social and documentary projects consider the ways people live into specific places over time, amplifying the emergent choreography of landscape, shared experience, and participatory actions in shaping collective and civic life.  She is an Associate Professor in Social Practice at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Her projects have received support from the Contemporary Art Center Cincinnati, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts SF, Center for Cultural Innovation SF, Creative Work Fund SF and Creative Capital Foundation NYC.  website

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Jeanne C. Finley

Co-Director, Editor

Jeanne C. Finley creates documentary and expanded cinema projects.  Her films employ collaborative processes with artists, scientists, audience, and subjects. They have shown at festivals internationally including SF Film Festival, New York Film Festival, IDFA, the Guggenheim Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and New York Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum, and the George Pompidou Center. She has received many awards and grants, including a Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, Creative Capital Foundation, Cal Arts / Alpert Award, National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and the Phelan Award.  website

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Marsha Stone

Weaver, Artistic Director: San Juan Ridge Tapestry Project 

For the last 16 years I have managed a community art project for the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center to celebrate the landscape of our Ridge and some events of the last 40 years in a series of embroidered tapestries. My previous experience with textiles includes teaching spinning, weaving and dyeing, and weaving place-based textiles. I had the opportunity to study Navajo weaving with Mabel Burnside Myers on the Navajo reservation from 1970 to 1972, and in a private intensive in the early 1980's where she introduced me to unusual weaves.  At the same time I studied Navajo basketry and pottery with Atache Yellowhair. In the 1980’s I was a California Arts Council artist-in-residence for two years and created programming for high school, under- resourced schools in Yuba County, and a mental health program for youth offenders at a farm in Nevada County.

Jennifer Rain Crosby


Born in 1970 to artist parents in Lincoln Nebraska, I moved to the Sierra foothills of California in 1975. I started making art at a very early age and had my first solo art show at the age of 18. Over the years my creative interests have led me through watercolor, pen and ink, pastel, acrylic, mixed media and oil painting. In recent years I have begun making my own oil paint for my art works, including foraging and processing my own pigments with local materials. Recent works include oak gall inks and egg temprah paint with diggins pigment for the local Nisenan tribe.Whether I am painting or illustrating, featuring local landscapes or mythic archetypal fantasy, my work has a distinct bioregional influence.


Mary Moore

Textile Artist and Educator

Mary has had a lifelong love affair with books and fiber.  A degree in History facilitated her over 50 years of library work, while she also enjoyed making all styles of quilts and period costumes.  Now that she and her husband are spending more time waiting in doctors' offices she has contracted an addiction to knitting more and more complicated socks. Since she came to the Ridge 17 years ago, Marsha has kept her busy with the tapestry project.  Husband, Paul, allowed her to help build the house and try to clear the brush of their 5 acres while playing with grandchildren and producing a large quilt yearly to be raffled by the local Fire Department.  Eight years ago Roo Contada and Mary started a community library with other volunteers and tons (literally) of donations.  As the tapestry project is winding down, and younger folk are needed to do the heavy lifting at the library, Mary is looking forward to her next challenges...maybe some more art classes.


Andrew Black


Andy Black has 22 years of experience as a Director of Photography on documentary,

feature, industrial and commercial films. His work has shown on broadcast venues

including National Geographic, PBS, HBO, Showtime, Discovery, as well as in theaters

and museums such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York. His work has been

included in numerous film festivals including Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, San

Francisco, Berlin, Telluride Mountain, Mill Valley Film Festivals and others. Films he has

worked on have won Emmy Awards and been nominated for Academy Awards. Black

has worked in many countries under many circumstances. Films he filmed include, The

New Environmentalists by the Mill Valley Film Group, Fahrenheit 911 by Michael Moore,

and The Weather Underground by Sam Green among numerous others.  website

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Yumeng Guo

Assistant Editor

Yumeng is a Bay Area based Filmmaker. Her areas of focus include all phases of video production. She is particularly skilled at script development, shot design, and creative editing. Yumeng comes from a cross-culture film background with seven years of hands-on experience in China and the United States. website

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Shelby Johnson

Assistant Editor, Website Production

Shelby is a Los Angeles based multidisciplinary artist and filmmaker. She is interested in working in documentary film and exploring identity, relationships between people and land, and the body. She is a 2021 graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz. During her time as a student, Shelby also received a number of grants and awards in the arts, including an Irwin Family Artist Grant, a Porter College Endowment Grant, the Eli Hollander Aspiring Filmmaker Award. Additionally, her work has been shown at Ryerson University, Blue Line Arts, the University of California Santa Cruz, and the Santa Cruz Film Festival.

Credits and Acknowledgements

Thank you to the San Juan Ridge community for their contribution and generous interviews to date.


Bruce Boyd
Jennifer Rain Crosby
Caleb Dardick
Jeff Gold
Will Green
Boyd Johnson
Sean Kerrigan
Robyn Martin
Hank Meals
Mary Moore
North San Juan Volunteer Fire Department
Gary Snyder
Kai Snyder
Marsha Stone
Jerry Tecklin
David Tecklin
Debra + Tom Weistar

Diana Pasquini

Additional Cinematography
Susanne Cockrell
Jeanne C. Finley

Ashley James; Searchlight Films

Drone Footage

Tom Weistar

Jeanne C. Finley

Consulting Editor

Susanne Cockrell 

Assistant Editors
Yumeng Guo
Shelby Johnson


Additional Sound

Jack Morris Digital

Website Production
Shelby Johnson

Animation Consultation
Nick Sazani 

Archival footage + photographs

Hank Meals

The Internet Archive

Sacramento Union Archives Special Collections, University of California Davis


Fiscal Sponsor

Wild Projects


Roberts Family Fund

California College of the Arts Faculty Development Grant

Special Thanks to 

Kim Anno, Irene Lusztig, Kris Timken, Deborah Valoma, Brooke Hinton, CCA Media Centers 

Humanities Advisors

LISBETH HAAS Ph.D, is a Research Professor and Professor Emeritus in History at

the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has written three books on Indigenous

California, all of which place Indigenous knowledge and political ideas to the foreground

of colonial history. Most recently, in Pablo Tac, Indigenous Scholar writing on Luiseño

History and Grammar (2011,) Doctor Haas examines the history of Pablo Tac, born at

Mission San Luis Rey in 1821, on the land of his father’s tribe, and the manuscript he

wrote in Rome. Tac’s writing reveals how Luiseños understood and survived a drastic

colonization. Her book Saints and Citizens (2014) similarly works from Native sources

and colonial and national archives to render the significance of tribal history in California

under Spain, Mexico, and the United States. She holds a B.A. in History from UC San

Diego and a History from UC Irvine.

Research consultant, Content Advisor

DAVID TECKLIN Ph.D, is a Program Officer with the Resources Legacy Fund in

Sacramento, CA focusing on environmental policy and conservation in South America

and a Research Associate at the Austral University of Chile where he co-directs a multi-year

interdisciplinary project to strengthen Patagonia’s protected area system that is

funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts. He is a co-founder of the Chile California

Conservation Network, and established and directed the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

Chile program from 2000-2007. He has worked for nearly thirty years on environmental

policy and problems in the US and South America. His research has included a focus

on community-based conservation, forest and marine conservation, and environmental

governance. He has contributed to numerous articles, technical reports, and books on

conservation issues with a particular focus on southern Chile. He holds a PhD in

Geography from the University of Arizona, an MA from UC Berkeley in Latin American

Studies and a BA from Swarthmore College. David grew up in the 1970s and 1980s on

the San Juan Ridge and his mother Marsha Stone is the creative force behind the San

Juan Ridge Tapestry Project.

Research consultant, Content Advisor, Interview subject

DEBORAH VALOMA MFA, is an artist, professor, and chair of the Textiles Program at

California College of the Arts, where her specialized field of research, writing, and

teaching investigates textiles as signifiers of identity and agents of cultural continuity.

With a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley

(1978, Summa Cum Laude) and a Master of Fine Arts in Textiles from California College

of Arts and Crafts (1995, High Honors), her practice is a hybrid of theory and practice.

Valoma has developed a comprehensive series of graduate and undergraduate courses

investigating textile history and theory through multiple lenses including colonization,

cultural appropriation, and gender- and race-based hierarchies of value. As a contributor

to the growing body of textile scholarship in the last twenty years, Valoma has written

articles and catalogue essays, presented papers, curated exhibitions, and published the

book Scrape the Willow Until It Sings, which traces the indigenous philosophies and

practices of Julia Parker, the premier Native American basket weaver in California

(Heyday 2013). A product of nine years of research, the book contextualizes Parker’s

work as a carrier of intangible cultural heritage within the Native American cultural

reclamation movement and won the Gold Medal for Contributions to Publishing from the

Commonwealth Club of California. Valoma will act as content advisor to the project,

providing analysis of Ridge embroiderers’ work within global frameworks—both

historical and contemporary. Considerations will include the gendered devaluation of

women’s handwork, representational textiles as historical documents (e.g. the Bayeux

Tapestry, Chilean arpilleras, and South African mapulas), and technical evaluation.

Research consultant, Content Advisor, Interview subject


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