November is Native American Month, and the State Indian Museum is celebrating it by having events every Saturday in November. This Saturday, the museum will be hosting a Native Literature Showcase. There will be mini-lectures and book signings from each of the following authors:
Author: John O’Hagan
Featured book: Lands Never Trodden
John O’Hagan is a member of the California Mission Studies Association. His book Lands Never Trodden focuses on the California missions. It examines what the Franciscans, Native Americans, and Spanish officials experienced.
Author: Clifford Trafzer
Featured book: The Indian School on Magnolia Avenue
Clifford Trafzer has a PhD in American History with a focus in Native American History. He has written many books on Native American history and culture. The Indian School on Magnolia Avenue focuses on an off-reservation boarding school for Native Americans in California.
Author: Michelle Raheja
Featured book: Reservation Reelism
Michelle Raheja is an assistant professor at UC Riverside. She focuses on Native American literature, autobiography, and film. Reservation Reelism focuses on Native American actors and directors, and how Native Americans have been portrayed in Hollywood.
Author: Tony Platt
Featured book: Grave Matters
Tony Platt recently retired from teaching American History. His writings focus on race, inequality, and social justice. His book Grave Matters examines the history of how Native American remains have been treated in California, from the excavation of Native remains by archaeologists to the movement to repatriate those remains.
Author: Deborah Valoma
Featured book: Scrape the Willow until It Sings
Deborah Valoma is a professor who focuses on textile history and theory. Her book Scrape the Willow until It Sings is about Julia Parker, a Coast Miwok-Kashaya Pomo basket maker. It focuses on both the baskets themselves and the experiences of the Native women who created them.
Author: M. Kat Anderson
Featured book: Tending the Wild
M. Kat Anderson is an ecologist that teaches plant science at UC Davis. Her book Tending the Wild is centered around the ways that Native Americans in California managed, tended, and harvested their land. It also connects these old practices to how we might live sustainably today.
If any of these books sound interesting, you should definitely stop by and meet the authors!
Where: 2618 K Street
When: Saturday, November 9th, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Admission: Free with admission to the museum, $2-$3