Join Daniel Henry for an illustrated talk based on his book, “Across the Shaman’s River: John Muir, the Tlingit Stronghold, and the Opening of the North.”
For more than a thousand years, the Chilkat and Chilkoot Tlingit controlled a 2.4 million acre homeland called Jilkaat Aani at the hydra-headed terminus of North America’s largest fjord. Seated at the confluence of glaciers, vertical mountains, forested valleys, and Inside Passage seas, the tribes thrived in a realm that they stewarded and defended against intruders.
Enter John Muir, father of the American environmental movement, whose Alaska expedition of 1879 may have forever altered the destiny of Jilkaat Aani residents while transforming his own relationship with Native America.
The NEA Big Read of How We Became Human is presented by Eugene Public Library in collaboration with University of Oregon Native American Studies, Common Reading, Center for the Study of Women in Society, and Museum of Natural and Cultural History; Yachats Trail Committee; Lane County History Museum; Oregon Contemporary Theatre; Springfield Public Library; Friends of Eugene Public Library, and Eugene Public Library Foundation. The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
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