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Sense of Place: Crisis on the Columbia — Native-White Alliances & Oppositio...

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Columbia Center for the Arts

215 Cascade Avenue

Hood River, OR 97031

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At mid-century, the Native fishing community of Celilo Village was in crisis. Large dams, a highway widening, and federal policies of termination and relocation conspired to remove Indian people from a place their families had occupied for more than 12,000 years. Stepping into this maelstrom were two women from very different backgrounds. Together, they forged an alliance that made a difference. Flora Thompson, along with her husband Chief Tommy Thompson, had fought to protect fish drying sheds, fishing stations, and Celilo Village homes for decades. Joining her was Martha McKeown, a high school English teacher, community activist, and author of several local histories, including two children's stories about the Thompsons. Their remarkable friendship can be traced through dozens of letters recently unearthed in the University of Oregon archives. Their intertwined story illustrates the importance of cross-cultural alliances at a transformative period in NW history. Join Gorge Owned for “Crisis on the Columbia: Native-White Alliances & Opposition to The Dalles Dam”, a lesson on the importance of cross-cultural alliances lead by Katy Barber, December 19th, 7 PM at the Columbia Center for the Arts.

Katy Barber returned to her hometown of Portland to teach in the history department at Portland State University in 2001. Her books include In Defense of Wyam: Natives-White Alliances in the Struggle for Celilo Village (2018) and Death of Celilo (2005).

The lecture will begin at 7; all ticketed guests must be present in the theatre by 6:50 pm.

Presale tickets are also available at Columbia Center for the Arts, for sale in the gallery. Please note that we do anticipate this event to sell out in advance, and urge patrons to purchase a ticket online or in the gallery as early as possible to reserve a seat.


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