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Katrine Barber, In Defense of Wyam
Katrine Barber, In Defense of Wyam
WhenMonday, Oct 29, 2018, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Campus locationAllen Library (ALB)
Campus roomPetersen Room
Event typesAcademics, Special Events
Event sponsorsCenter for the Study of the Pacific Northwest
Department of History
UW Libraries
UW Press

Join us for a Sick Lecture - free and open to all!

Katrine Barber will be speaking about her new book, In Defense of Wyam: Native-White Alliances and the Struggle for Celilo Village (UW Press, 2018), the latest volume in the Emil and Kathleen Sick Series in Western History and Biography.

In In Defense of Wyam, having secured access to hundreds of previously unknown and unexamined letters, Katrine Barber revisits the subject of Death of Celilo Falls, her first book. She presents a remarkable alliance across the opposed Native and settler-descended groups, chronicling how the lives of two women leaders converged in a shared struggle to protect the Indian homes of Celilo Village. Flora Thompson, member of the Warm Springs Tribe and wife of the Wyam chief, and Martha McKeown, daughter of an affluent white farming family, became lifelong allies as they worked together to protect Oregon's oldest continuously inhabited site. As a Native woman, Flora wielded significant power within her community yet outside of it was dismissed for her race and her gender. Martha, although privileged due to her settler origins, turned to women's clubs to expand her political authority beyond the conventional domestic sphere. Flora's and Martha's coordinated efforts offer readers meaningful insight into a time and place where the rhetoric of Native sovereignty, the aims of environmental movements in the American West, and women's political strategies intersected.

Reception to follow.

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