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Jesse Spohnholz and Clif Stratton are co-editors of a new book series published by Oxford University Press and based on the Roots of Contemporary Issues Program at WSU. The first five books in the series will be written by Spohnholz (on refugee crises in world history), Stratton (on the politics of carbon in world history), Karen Phoenix (on ways of thinking about gender in world history), Ken Faunce (on the global drug trade), and Karoline Cook (on race and racism in world history). The books, which use the RCI program’s innovative approach to teaching and thinking about world history, will appear in 2020.



During Spring 2017, the WSU Vancouver History Club and the Collective for Social and Environmental Justice offered a film series as part of the Sixth Native American Culture and History Symposium at WSU Vancouver. (See the poster for The WSUV 2017 Native American History and Culture Film Series.) The WSU Vancouver First Nations Club and the Clark County Historical Museum co-sponsored three evening events in February and March, where a total of more than 250 students, faculty, staff, and members of the public viewed four documentaries.

The series began in February with a screening of A Thousand Voices, highlighting contemporary women leadership in Pueblo, Navajo, and Apache communities. Katie Anderson, Director of the Clark Country History Museum, led a discussion on her efforts to inspire the next generation of women leaders. View the trailer for A Thousand Voices.

The series continued with presentation of Celilo Falls and the Remaking of the Columbia River on the 10th anniversary of its initial release and the 60th anniversary of the silencing of the falls. It was followed by The Lost Fish,  which recounts the efforts of the Columbia River Intertribal Fisheries Commission’s efforts to restore lamprey as a culturally important food. Wilbur Slockish, hereditary Chief of the Klickitats, offered opening words and followed the films with his responses questions about changes on the Columbia River in his lifetime. View the trailer for The Lost Fish.

The final film, Promised Land, is a new documentary that has won several prizes, including an Achievement Award at the LA Skins Fest and an Official Selection of the American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco. Renny Christopher, Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, welcomed visitors to campus and Sam Robinson, Vice Chair of the Chinook Indian Nation; and Jane Pulliam, Chinook Elder, joined the filmmakers Sarah Samudre Salcedo and Vasant Samudre Salcedo afterwards in an extended discussion of Duwamish and Chinook efforts to gain federal recognition. The filmmakers and tribal council members will continue to collaborate in showings around the Pacific Northwest over the next several months and, if the Vancouver premiere is any indication, will find audiences eager to hear more from our Native American community. Our audience of 130 was the largest to see this documentary so far. More than four hours after Chinook singers and drummers opened the evening with a blessing song, the conversations continued over the last of the food and drink.  Here is the trailer for Promised Land: