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Mountains and Rivers and Prairies Without End
Spring 2014

“The whole concept has burgeoned ... to one where the landscape is part of why people select to live in certain locations, has political meaning, has religious meaning, has all of these other kinds of meaning.”


Categories: Anthropology, History, Washington state history
Tags: Landscape, Memory, Native Americans, Ecology


Feasting on the Salish Sea
Winter 2012

About 650 years ago, inhabitants of a large plank house on Galiano Island abandoned it for unknown reasons. But not before they feasted on 10,000 sea urchins.


Categories: Archaeology
Tags: Salish Sea, Native Americans, Gulf Islands


The Law and the Land
Winter 2012

Indian law attorney and Colville tribal member Brian Gunn ’95 took on the challenge of his grandfather and brought home a gratifying settlement for years of federal mismanagement of Indian trust lands.


Categories: Law, Washington state history, Alumni
Tags: Indian Law, Colville Tribes, Native American leaders, Native Americans


Sacred Encounters
Spring 2012
“When I drive past this place it gives me a good-hearted, happy feeling,” says Quanah Matheson ’04, cultural resources director of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. At what is now Old Mission State Park, just off Interstate 90 at Cataldo, ...
Categories: History, Library and museum studies
Tags: Native Americans, Religion, Catholicism, Missionaries


Cross-cultural pen pals
Fall 2011
One morning this spring a group of WSU students from Jeff Petersen’s Communication Studies 321 class fills half of a small lecture hall at Spokane’s Riverpoint campus. They have traveled here from Pullman to meet their pen pals, 5th...
Categories: Education, WSU students
Tags: Native Americans, Science education


Back in the Earth—Putting ancestors to rest, or destroying the past?
Spring 2011
Over the last two decades, tribes have been invoking the Native American Graves Protection and Recovery Act to reclaim remains of their ancestors from museum and research collections across the country. But what if those remains are 10,000 years old? 
Categories: Anthropology, Cultural studies, Archaeology
Tags: Native Americans, Marmes Rockshelter


An art history
Spring 2011
Worth D. Griffin stepped off the train in Pullman in the fall of 1924 to find Washington State College’s art department barely four years old and with just one other full-time faculty member. Prior to that, the only art instruction offe...
Categories: WSU faculty, WSU history, Fine Arts
Tags: Native Americans, Painting, Artists


Of Time and Wildness in the North Cascades
Spring 2010
Bob Mierendorf has spent the last couple of decades trying to convince the archaeological establishment that pre-contact Northwest Indians did not confine themselves to the lowlands, but frequented the high country. Now he has an ancient camping site to make his point.
Categories: Archaeology, Earth sciences
Tags: Tephrochronology, Cascades, Native Americans, National parks


Desperately Seeking Sherman
Spring 2010
Although his work is increasingly ubiquitous, the writer Sherman Alexie ’94 is a little harder to pin down. Our correspondent is undaunted.
Categories: Literature, Alumni
Tags: Native Americans, Authors, Writers


Finding Chief Kamiakin
Fall 2009

A new biography of Kamiakin from Washington State University Press finally pulls together the history, legend, and cultural memory of a great chief, a powerful leader of both tolerance and will.


Categories: History, Cultural studies
Tags: Chief Kamiakin, Native American leaders, Native Americans


A reburial eases a clash of culture and science
Winter 2008
On a bluff above the Snake River, a few miles upstream from the Tri-Cities, people are gathering on a July morning to bury their dead. Or rebury, actually. The bones that fill the ordinary cardboard boxes sitting next to a deep open grave have spe...
Categories: Anthropology, Cultural studies
Tags: Native Americans


A new college guide
Fall 2008
The market is full of books on how to get into and succeed in college, but few of those books are targeted at students who may be the first in their family to go beyond high school. Even fewer are targeted specifically to the needs of Native Ameri...
Categories: Education, Campus life
Tags: Native Americans


A memorial and a blessing
Fall 2008
At the western edge of the Makah Nation village of Neah Bay sits a tidy new park. It marks the spot where 216 years ago Spanish explorers built the first European settlement in the continental United States west of the Rockies and north of San Fr...
Categories: History, Cultural studies
Tags: Native Americans, Makah


A Dialogue with the Past
Summer 2008
A fierce Pacific storm in February 1970 revealed early remains of Ozette, on the Olympic Coast between Cape Flattery and La Push. Worried about the site's vulnerability to looters and further storms, Makah tribal leader Ed Claplanhoo '56 called archaeologist Richard Daugherty at Washington State University, commencing an 11-year excavation of the site. The excavation yielded thousands of well-preserved artifacts and a wealth of clues to the history and culture of Makahs and other coastal tribes.
Categories: Archaeology, Anthropology
Tags: Makah, Ozette, Northwest history, Native Americans


The Home of My Family: Ozette, the Makahs, and Doc Daugherty
Spring 2008
Perhaps the most remarkable thing about Ozette is the cultural continuity. Makahs had lived in Ozette for 2,000 years and probably much longer. The village had been abandoned for only 60 years, and many Makahs still went there to fish and hunt. One elder called the exposure of the longhouses by the storm "a gift from the past."
Categories: Archaeology
Tags: Makah, Ozette, Native Americans


She's home
Summer 2007
When her husband-to-be Michael Pavel took her home to the Skokomish reservation in the summer of 1996, it was revealed that Susan Pavel (photo, center) couldn't cook."The attitude," she says, "was, well, let's teach you some useful trade. Like wea...
Categories: Alumni, Cultural studies
Tags: Native Americans, Coast Salish, Weaving


Just like it was yesterday
Spring 2007
"We were living a good life," said Albert Redstarr Andrews in a meditation concluding the second Plateau Conference, "and we were disturbed." What might be taken as gracious understatement also resonated with profound loss.In spite of a generally ...
Categories: Cultural studies, History
Tags: Native Americans, Eastern Washington


Foraged foods: Serving up a traditional meal from the Columbia plateau
Spring 2007
In a wooded spot a half-mile from Washington State University's Pullman campus, an older woman with long braids and an apron emblazoned with the words "got buns?" tended an alderwood fire. Geraldine Jim, a salmon expert from the Warm Springs Reser...
Categories: Food
Tags: Forage, Native Americans


What I've Learned Since College: An interview with Rebecca Miles
Spring 2006
Last May, Rebecca Miles became the first woman and, at age 32, the youngest person to be elected chairman of the Nez Perce tribe. In her one-year post representing the 3,000 members of the tribe, Miles has traveled the country speaking on issues l...
Categories: Alumni, Cultural studies
Tags: Nez Perce, Idaho, Native Americans


Ghost Towns of the Anasazi
Spring 2006
For the past three decades, WSU archaeologists and their students have been searching the Southwest with tools ranging from trowels to computers to uncover the story of a vanished people.
Categories: Archaeology, Anthropology
Tags: Southwest United States, Anasazi, Native Americans


Being Sacagawea
Winter 2005
For the past two years historian Jeanne Eder has been traveling in Sacagawea's footsteps. Donning a traditional dress as well as another woman's persona, Eder has toured the West performing her interpretation of an older and wiser Sacagawea who, y...
Categories: Alumni, History
Tags: Native Americans


Powwow Turns 30
Fall 2005
Last April marked the 30th anniversary of the Pah-Loots-Pu Celebration Powwow at Washington State University. One of the largest student-run campus events, the powwow is held at the Beasely Performing Arts Coliseum and includes tribal representat...
Categories: Cultural studies
Tags: Native Americans


Camp Larson—a heritage reclaimed
Fall 2005
For the first time in maybe a century, ceremonial songs of the Coeur d'Alene tribe floated across Cottonwood Bay on Lake Coeur d'Alene last spring. The Coeur d'Alenes were reclaiming a portion of their ancestral lands, a place where they can conne...
Categories: WSU history
Tags: Native Americans, Education


Conference Brings Plateau Tribes and WSU a Few Steps Closer
Spring 2005
To get here, most elders at Washington State University's conference honoring the Plateau Tribes had to pass by places defined now only by what they used to be.From Oregon and Washington, they drove along the Columbia, past dams where once abundan...
Categories: Cultural studies
Tags: Native Americans


Author Sherman Alexie receives Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award
Spring 2004
Sherman Alexie likes to remind people that attending Washington State University presented him with a real challenge. As a Spokane Indian, a liberal, and a writer, he did not fit the prevalent mold of students attending WSU in the late 1980s and e...
Categories: Alumni, Literature
Tags: Awards, Native Americans


Resilient Cultures—A new understanding of the New World
Spring 2003
The history of European and Indian interactions is being dramatically rewritten. In a new book, a WSU historian produces an update.
Categories: History, Cultural studies
Tags: Native Americans, American West


Sherman Alexie: "It's all good"
Spring 2003
It may look the same today, but as Sherman Alexie walked down the aisle of the Kenworthy Theater in Moscow, Idaho, he realized his last memory of the place was, well, a little bit hazy."I was just recalling with a friend of mine who I went to schoo...
Categories: Visual arts, Alumni
Tags: Native Americans, Film, Movies


Lone Star Dietz left a football legacy
Winter 2002
"That was the game which was to change the face of New Year's Day in the years to come." —Rose Bowl historian Rube SamuelsenIn the first four decades of the 20th century, hardly a week went by during football season when the name of Wil...
Categories: WSU history, Athletics
Tags: Native Americans, Football


Friendly People
Winter 2002
William Hewitt built his dream on Blake Island. Hewitt is gone, but his dream lives on in Native tradition and the rich aroma of roasting salmon.
Categories: Business, Cultural studies
Tags: Tourism, Dance, Native Americans


Whispered prayers
Fall 2002
On the floor of Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum, Native American children dressed in full regalia run off steam before the grand dance at the Pah-Loots-Pu Powwow this Saturday night in April. One of them is Red Bear McCloud, the 5-year-old son of...
Categories: Performing arts, Cultural studies
Tags: Native Americans, Dance


Palmers want to give others hope for the future
Fall 2002
Sometime in the near future Perry Palmer and his wife, Marcie, want to return to the Colville Indian Reservation. Young students there lack good role models, as well as incentives, Perry says. They need to be made aware of opportunities for advanc...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Native Americans


Future teachers of color
Summer 2002
The gap between minority teachers—about 6 percent—and minority school children—about 24 percent—is widening in Washington. As part of a move to remedy this situation, 176 high school and community college students attended the College of E...
Categories: Education
Tags: Native Americans, Latinos, African Americans


Early leader of WSU’s Native American students
Summer 2002
Ki Tecumseh learned to work within the system—or stretch it"Indian people don’t consider themselves to be a minority people." - Ki TecumsehGrowing up on the Yakama Indian Reservation, Kiutus “Ki” Tecumseh, Jr. learned to put his finger up to...
Categories: WSU history, Alumni
Tags: Native Americans, Native American leaders