Our coalition at Cannifest

The Noah’s Ark of the cannabis story

Our tent at Cannifest is the Noah’s Ark of the cannabis story. “It’s built to float in the deluge now drowning local weed and to carry forward the spirit of freedom and solidarity that, for many, brought cannabis to Humboldt – and defended it,” said Holmquist, co-founder of the Humboldt Area Peoples Archive, which is an affiliate of the Counterculture History Coalition (CHC).

Holmquist’s timeline “Hippies & Weed Insurgency 1972 – 2010” was among several graphic works, texts, and artifacts on display in the Counterculture History Coalition tent. 

CHC affiliates contributing to its Cannifest installation include Jerry Joffe’s video-oral history project, Home Grown Stories, based in Eugene, Oregon; Richard Jergenson’s Counterculture Museum Archive, in Willits, California; the Deadwood, OR-based photographer and archivist Kate Hardney; president of the Society of American Archivists, Terry Baxter, who is also an archivist with Multnomah County, OR; and Chiah Rodriques who is archiving the history of Greenfield Ranch in Mendocino County, CA.

Providing materials from further afield for CHC’s Cannifest intervention are affiliated scholars, including UC Berkeley professor Greg Castillo and lecturer Lincoln Cushing (who is also the person behind Docs Populi); Dr. Paolo Stuppia of Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, and the University of Sidney, Australia, professor Lee Stickells.

CHC’s Cannifest tent is the second such effort this year, following panel discussions and displays that the group organized at the Mendocino County Museum in March of this year, an effort led by affiliate Richard Jergenson’s Counterculture Museum Archive.

Jergenson will be present at CHC’s Cannifest tent to talk about his work over fifty years amassing the largest single regional collection on Sixties counterculture, focussing on cannabis and back-to-the-land publications and ephemera. Jergenson is also one of a duo of brothers who designed and marketed the Proto Pipe, 20th century’s most famous cannabis smoking device. His collection includes dozens of Proto Pipe fan letters from the 1970s and ‘80s, sent from across the US, most handwritten, usually accompanying requests for fifty-cent part replacements.

In addition to Jergenson, the famous medical cannabis crusader Pebbles Trippett will be present.