California History Through an Indigenous Lens - Telling Creation Stories


Wednesday, November 8, 2017 6:00PM

California History Through an Indigenous Lens - Telling Creation Stories
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Join the California Historical Society (CHS) and Heyday Books for a night of indigenous storytelling that explores how California’s history has been told for generations. Our speakers are Greg Sarris, Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and author of the new book, How a Mountain was Made, and William Bauer, professor of American Indian Studies at University of Nevada, Las Vegas and author of California Through Native Eyes: Reclaiming History. The event will close with a short performance from Word for Word Performance Company, who will be performing one of the creation stories from Chairman Sarris’ new book.

Greg Sarris received his Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University, where he was awarded the Walter Gore Award for excellence in teaching. He has published several books, including Grand Avenue (1994), an award-winning collection of short stories, which he adapted for an HBO miniseries and co-executive produced with Robert Redford. He is serving his thirteenth elected term as Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. Formerly a full professor of English at UCLA, and then the Fletcher Jones Professor of Creative Writing and Literature at Loyola Marymount University, Greg now holds the position of Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria Endowed Chair at Sonoma State University, where he teaches Creative Writing, American Literature, and American Indian Literature. How a Mountain Was Made published October 10, 2017 by Heyday Books is his latest book.

William Bauer is an enrolled citizen of the Round Valley Indian Tribes and professor of American Indian history at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is the author of California Through Native Eyes: Reclaiming History (University of Washington Press, 2016) and We Were All Like Migrant Workers Here: Work, Community and Memory on California’s Round Valley Reservation, 1850-1941 (University of North Carolina Press, 2009). His research examines the history of indigenous people, work, and sovereignty in California and the American West. He has held postdoctoral and visiting scholar appointments at Stanford University, University of California, Davis, and the University of California, Los Angeles, and has received research grants from the American Historical Association, the American Philosophical Society, and the D’Arcy McNickle Center for the Study of the American Indian.

This event is a part of our exhibition program series for Alexander Hamilton: Treasures from the New-York Historical Society and Meanwhile out West: Colonizing California, 1769-1821 and generously supported by the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District.

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