Lecture: "Cloud Sweeping"

“Cloud Sweeping” is an interactive oral storytelling experience about the contemporary history of Native America as told by Linda Levier, a Cowlitz Tribal member. This lecture will use the Medicine Creek Treaty of 1954, the “Fish Wars,” messages from Franks Landing by Charles Wilkinson, excerpts from Thirty-One Years on the Plains and in the Mountains by William F. Drannon (1832-1913), The Last Indian War by Janet McCloud and Robert Casey, “The Indian Reorganization Act of 1934,” contemporary indigenous history worldwide, analogies for understanding, and of course the stories told by the stones we will be weaving.

Throughout “Cloud Sweeping” you will engage with the following: Treaty Rights, governance, economics, Native self-determination, colonization, interactions of indigenous people worldwide and self-engagement as a participant and learner.

This is an interactive lecture that involves everyone so please come prepared to actively participate. Storytelling is a casual method of passing on history, critical thinking and assessment of information while engaging in a separate activity.

"Tribalism is universal; each of us has a personal song we sing for ourselves. The song is who we are and how we weave joy, justice, and humanity into the fabric of life and community through family knowledge and personal integrity. Sometimes we share it with others or add another verse. My creations are hopefully the underlying melody for these songs and another chapter of a life story. Whatever the creation sees as the 'story' is the whispering of lifeblood that talks to an individual who will pass the story to others." -Linda Levier

This talk is part of the lecture series But Some of Us Are Brave, which provides a platform for women/womxn junior scholars of color in honor of Women's History Month. These lectures provide opportunities to experience the outstanding intellectual production of women/womxn of color, and to see how that scholarship centers inclusivity and equity in academia and beyond.

In the 1980s, three black women scholars—Gloria T. Hull, Patricia Bell Scott and Barbara Smith—published a seminal text in understanding the placement of black women in academia. Titled All the Women are White, All the Blacks are Men, But Some of Us are Brave, this research considered the emerging fields of black studies and women studies and the frustration that black women felt as they attempted to incorporate black women’s scholarship in a scholarly landscape dominated by black men and white women. The work was groundbreaking because it established a space to consider the scholarly work and influence of black women in these fields, as well as narrating the experiences of black women scholars.


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