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Indigenous Living Biographies Collection - Finding Aid

Collection Number

2014.02

Contact Information

The Library, Special Collections
Humboldt State University
One Harpst Street
Arcata, California 95521
URL: http://library.humboldt.edu/humco/holdings/ilb.html

Processed By

Kimberly Stelter, MS

Date Collection Processed

2016

Language

English

Collection Creator

Lowry, Chag
Kraepelien, Jan

Dates Covered by Collection

1999-2001

Size of Collection

1 cubic foot; 56 DVDs

Abstract

This collection contains interviews from living indigenous community members from the Humboldt region. The oral histories provide a lived experience and insight to the cultures and history represented in the video series. Interviewees are from the Yurok, Wiyot, Karuk, Tolowa, and Hupa tribes. Topics in the collection include the Yurok language, culture, basketry and singing, the Yurok world view and traditions; Karuk veteran stories; Wiyot history and stories; Hupa history, culture and music and Tolowa history.

Access

Open for research by appointment. Can only be accessed in the Humboldt Room.

Copyright

Copyright has not been assigned to Humboldt State University. Permission to obtain copies of from the collection is available to a limited group of individuals. Please contact the Special Collections Librarian for more information.

Biographical Information

Chag Lowry is a descendent of Yurok (from his mother's family) and Mountain Maidu and Pit River Native American Ancestry (on his father's side) and grew up on the Susanville Indian Rancheria in North Eastern California. His interest in interviews developed from the stories he would hear from family members who were in military service during World War II. After interviewing Native American veterans he found that there was more to be explored about their life experience, culture, and their history particularly since many of his interviewees are not far removed from the past two generations who experienced oppression by non-Native contact in the late 1800's. Chag has an MA in Education and a BA in Journalism from Humboldt State University. (Paraphrased from Chag Lowry's Book The Original Patriots: Northern California Indian Veterans of World War Two).

Scope and Content of the Collection

This collection contains video recordings and typed summaries of the interviews created for the video series Indigenous Living Biographies. Included are also documents related to the preparation for the interview project.

Arrangement of Collection

Alphabetically by first name of interviewee and then by group recordings and folder title.

Container List

Interviews

  1. Ada Richards
  2. Aileen Figueroa
  3. Aileen Figueroa & Ashley Bones
  4. Brian Tripp (Indian Island mural unveiling at the Morris Graves Museum of Art)
  5. Charlie Thom Part One
  6. Charlie Thom Part Two
  7. Eleanor Smith
  8. Evelina Hoffman
  9. Evelina Hoffman & Jessie Van Pelt Part One
  10. Evelina Hoffman & Jessie Van Pelt Part Two
  11. Evelyn Horn
  12. Frank Gist, Sr. Part One
  13. Frank Gist, Sr. Part Two
  14. Frank Lara
  15. Frank Richards & Marian Lopez Part One
  16. Frank Richards & Marian Lopez Part Two
  17. Georgiana Trull & Dewey Myers
  18. Irene Carlson
  19. Irving James
  20. Jimmy Jackson Part One (1/12/01)
  21. Jimmy Jackson Part Two (1/12/01)
  22. Jimmy Jackson Part One (4/19/01)
  23. Jimmy Jackson Part Two (4/19/01)
  24. Josephine Peters
  25. Lavina Bowers, Ray Mattz, Marvin Mattz
  26. Lee Hover Parts One
  27. Lee Hover Parts Two
  28. Lee McCardie Part One
  29. Lee McCardie Part Two
  30. Lena Nicholson & Elsie Bacon
  31. Merv George, Sr. Part One
  32. Merv George, Sr. Part Two
  33. Nelson Rossig Part One
  34. Nelson Rossig Part Two
  35. Ollie Foseide
  36. Orville Allen, Jr. Part One
  37. Orville Allen, Jr. Part Two
  38. Walt Lara, Sr.
  39. Walt McCovey, Jr.
  40. Wiyot Indian Island Vigil Part 1 (2/26/00)
  41. Wiyot Indian Island Vigil Part 2 (2/26/00)
  42. Gathering Conference (3/11/00)
  43. Unedited Audio Recording of Ollie Foseide Interview (28039 Tape 1 Part 1)
  44. Unedited Audio Recording of Ollie Foseide Interview (28039 Tape 1 Part 2)
  45. Unedited Audio Recording of Ollie Foseide Interview (28039 Tape 1 Part 3)
  46. Unedited Audio Recording of Ollie Foseide Interview (28039 Tape 1 Part 4)
  47. Unedited Audio Recording of Ollie Foseide Interview (28039 Tape 1 Part 5)
  48. Unedited Audio Recording of Ollie Foseide Interview (28039 Tape 1 Part 6)
  49. Unedited Audio Recording of Ollie Foseide Interview (28039 Tape 1 Part 7)
    includes a male speaker (unidentified, may be Leo Foseide)
  50. Unedited Audio Recording of Merv George, Sr. (28199 Tape 22 Part 1)
  51. Unedited Audio Recording of Merv George, Sr. (28199 Tape 22 Part 2)
  52. Unedited Audio Recording of Merv George, Sr. (28199 Tape 22 Part 3)
  53. Unedited Audio Recording of Merv George, Sr. (28199 Tape 22 Part 4)
  54. Unedited Audio Recording of Merv George, Sr. (28199 Tape 22 Part 5)
  55. Unedited Audio Recording of Merv George, Sr. (28199 Tape 22 Part 6)
  56. Unedited Audio Recording of Merv George, Sr. (28199 Tape 22 Part 7)

Related Documentation

Interview Video Transcripts
KEET Living Biographies Initiative
Veterans History Project News

Bibliography

Lowry, C. (2015). The original patriots : california indian veterans of the Korean War. Eureka, California: Chag Lowry. (HumCo, 3rd Floor, Call Number: DS921.6 .L68 2015)

Related Works

Lowry, C., & Greene, S. (Directors). (2007). Original patriots: Northern California Indian veterans of WWII [Television series on DVD]. In C. Lowry (Producer). Eureka: KEET-TV. (HumCo, 3rd Floor, Call Number: D810.V42 L682 2007)

Indigenous Living Biographies half-hour programs published and aired on KEET-TV. These 14 programs (listed below) are available in the Humboldt Room.

Lowry, C. (2014). Indigenous living biographies. Programs 1 and 2, Yurok language and Yurok basketry & world view. [Television Series]. Eureka, California: KEET. (HumCo, 3rd Floor, Call Number: E78.C15 .I55 2014)
Lowry, C. (2014). Indigenous living biographies. Programs 3 and 4, Karuk veteran and Yurok culture. [Television Series]. Eureka, California: KEET. (HumCo, 3rd Floor, Call Number: E78.C15 .I55 2014)
Lowry, C. (2014). Indigenous living biographies. programs 5 and 6, Wiyot history and a Wiyot fisherman's tale. [Television Series]. Eureka, California: KEET. (HumCo, 3rd Floor, Call Number: E78.C15 .I55 2014)
Lowry, C. (2014). Indigenous living biographies. Programs 7 and 8, Hupa history and Hupa culture & music. [Television Series]. Eureka, California: KEET. (HumCo, 3rd Floor, Call Number: E78.C15 .I55 2014)
Lowry, C. (2014). Indigenous living biographies. Programs 9 and 10, Tolowa history and Yurok generations sing. [Television Series]. Eureka, California: KEET. (HumCo, 3rd Floor, Call Number: E78.C15 .I55 2014)
Lowry, C. (2014). Indigenous living biographies. Programs 11 and 12, Karuk history with Charlie Thom, part one and two. [Television Series]. Eureka, California: KEET. (HumCo, 3rd Floor, Call Number: E78.C15 .I55 2014)
Lowry, C. (2014). Indigenous living biographies. Programs 13 and 14, life & crossing over in Yurok culture and Yurok traditions. [Television Series]. Eureka, California: KEET. (HumCo, 3rd Floor, Call Number: E78.C15 .I55 2014)

Subject Headings

Indians of North America--California, Northern--Biography
Yurok Indians
Tolowa Indians
Karok Indians
Hupa Indians
Wiyot Indians