We Are Not Animals: Indigenous Politics of Survival, Rebellion, and Reconstitution in Nineteenth-Century California

Sponsored by The Book Club of California Sept. 26, 5:00-6:30 Los Angeles/Pacific time By examining historical records and drawing on oral histories and the work of anthropologists, archaeologists, ecologists, and psychologists, We Are Not Animals sets out to answer questions regarding who the Indigenous people in the Santa Cruz region were and how they survived […]

An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873

Sponsored by The Book Club of California 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM Pacific Virtual Presentation An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873, by Benjamin Madley, is the first full account of the government sanctioned genocide of California Indians under United States rule. It has been widely praised as groundbreaking, raising […]

Jim Bridger: Trailblazer of the American West

The Book Club of California Even among iconic frontiersmen like John C. Frémont, Kit Carson, and Jedediah Smith, Jim Bridger stands out. A mountain man of the American West, straddling the fur trade era and the age of exploration, he lived the life legends are made of. His adventures are fit for remaking into the […]

Up-Biblum God: The Algonquian Bible, Native Labor and Indigenous Futures

Sponsored by The Baxter Society and the Bowdoin College Library. Kimberly Toney, Coordinating Curator of Native American and Indigenous Collections at Bowdoin College Library, will speak on the Algonquian Bible. Free and open to the public on Zoom. To register and receive a Zoom link, contact: baxtersociety@gmail.com  

We are the Land: A History of Native California

Sponsored by The Book Club of California and Litquake 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM Pacific Virtual presentation Before there was such a thing as “California,” there were the People and the Land. Manifest Destiny, the Gold Rush, and settler colonial society drew maps, displaced Indigenous People, and reshaped the land, but they did not make […]

Book Anatomy: Body Politics and the Materiality of Indigenous Book History

Sponsored by The Book Club of California Amy Gore brings mainstream narratives about the history of the book into conversation with Indigenous book history, considering among others John Rollin Ridge's The Life and Adventures of Joaquín Murieta (1854), the first novel published in the state of California and the first novel published by a Native […]