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February 15, 2018
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Downtown Library
100 W 10th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97401
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John Muir & the Opening of the North

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Daniel Henry gives an illustrated talk about his book, “Across the Shaman’s River: John Muir, the Tlingit Stronghold, and the Opening of the North.”

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.

“Across Shaman’s River” is the first book to trace Muir’s journey from racism to respect for indigenous people, showing that as his attitudes evolved, so did his vision for wilderness preservation, a policy that would ultimately dispossess Indians from their traditional lands. In addition to extensive use of historic documents, this compelling narrative draws from previously unpublished Muir journals and the author’s interviews with Tlingit elders.

This event is part of the NEA Big Read: a community celebration of Joy Harjo’s “How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems.” Events include talks, performances, book groups, and more at Eugene Public Library and in the community

The NEA Big Read of How We Became Human is presented by Eugene Public Library in collaboration with University of Oregon Native American StudiesCommon ReadingCenter for the Study of Women in Society, and Museum of Natural and Cultural HistoryYachats Trail CommitteeLane County History MuseumOregon Contemporary TheatreSpringfield Public LibraryFriends of Eugene Public Library, and Eugene Public Library FoundationThe NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.