book cover 2What I hope for this blog is that it will provide for persons interested in the 1970s counterculture in California’s southern Humboldt County, a place sometimes called “Mateel” and sometimes called “SoHum,” primary data for further study.  It includes experiences, thoughts, documents, photos, interviews, published and unpublished material and ongoing commentary on what has happened after the ethnographic present of my book “Beyond Counterculture: the community of Mateel.”

I have coined the word “Shum” for this blog because the word “Mateel” has become corrupted by subsequent events and the word “SoHum” has a connotation more geographical than cultural. Continue reading the introduction…