Roundup: July 9, 2014
Almansor Court – 700 S. Almansor, Alhambra, CA.
Social Hour: 5:00 PM
Dinner: 6:00 PM
Speaker: Kiara Maria Vigil
Subject: Native Americans and Film and her first book “North American Indian Intellectuals and the American Imagination, 1880-1930″
Westerners has a special speaker this month! in collaboration with the Autry Museum. It will be an excellent talk regarding Native Americans and Film. Our 2014 Autry Fellow is Dr. Kiara Maria Vigil, an Assistant Professor of American Studies at Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts. Her research and teaching has centered on Native American history and literature.
She is currently completing research for her first book, “North American Indian Intellectuals and the American Imagination, 1880-1930″, now under contract with Cambridge University Press.
Her time at the Autry has enabled her to research this project tentatively titled “Natives in Transit: Indian Entertainment, Urban Life, and Activism”, which builds on a study of Indian actors, beginning in the 1930s. Her book examines the cultural production of four prominent Indian intellectuals: Charles Eastman, Carolos Montezuma, Gertrude Bonnin, and Luther Standing Bear, within the shifiting social and political milieu of the early twentieth century.
Building on the research from her current book project, and specifically on material related to Luther Standing Bear’s career as a writer and film actor living in Los Angeles during the 1930s, Dr. Vigil’s talk will discuss the archival materials and other resources available at the Autry National Center that speak to the lives and cultural work of Native Americans in Southern California from the 1930s onward, thereby highlighting the social, economic and political ramifications of Native people as cultural workers in America.
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Wednesday, August 13th Roundup
At the August Roundup, Geraldine Knatz, retired managing director of the Port of Long Beach for several years and recently Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles, will speak about the ìLost Communities of Terminal Island.î She earned a masterís in environmental engineering and doctorate in biological sciences at USC. She oversaw a $2.3 billion capital improvement program at the 7,500 acre port, which sits on 43 miles of waterfront, handled more than $273 billion in cargo last year, and is responsible for three million jobs.
Friday, August 15th Tour
Two days after Geraldine Knatzís Roundup program on Terminal Island, we have planned a boat tour of Los Angeles Harbor. This will be a free educational tour rather than the standard tourist outing, thus it is on a weekday instead of a weekend. Check-in will be at 12:45 p.m.; the boat will sail at 1 p.m.; and if you arrive late, weíll wave to you as we sail away. After returning to shore, we should have plenty of time to vamoose before rush hour hits. Weíll have more information about the excursion soon. Mark your calendars. 35 maximum.
Book Donations Appreciated
Are local and Western history books overrunning your home or office library? Well, Eric Nelson has the perfect solution. Donate them to the L.A. Corral for our fabulous Roundup ìprix fixeî book sales. Remember this is no auction; itís a sale. Arrive early, distract your pards with some wild goose chase, sneak over to the book table, grab the pick of the litter, and try not to leave the gatheriní with more books than you brought.