Written by Lily Hart on February 4, 2018
In this episode, we interviewed Dr. Katrine Barber. Dr. Barber received her Ph.D. in American Studies from Washington State University in 1999 and joined the PSU faculty in 2001. At PSU she teaches public history, oral history, and Oregon History.
Her book, Death of Celilo Falls was published in 2005. It examines the impact The Dalles Dam had on the communities of Celilo Village and The Dalles, particularly the loss of sustainable Indian fishing and the gain of both modern hydroelectric power and increased river navigation.
Professor Barber is currently working on a new book, In Defense of Wyam: Native-White Alliances and the Struggle for Celilo Village, which highlights two women, Flora Thompson, member of the Warm Springs Tribe and wife of the Wyam chief, and Martha McKeown, daughter of an affluent white farming family, became lifelong allies as they worked together to protect Oregon’s oldest continuously inhabited site. In this episode, we discussed Dr. Barber’s new book, working with primary sources, such as letters and oral histories, and the field of public history.
Katrine Barber. Death of Celilo Falls. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 2011.
Katrine Barber and William G. Robbins. Nature’s Northwest: The North Pacific Slope in the Twentieth Century. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press, 2011.
In Defense of Wyam: Native-White Alliances and the Struggle for Celilo Village is coming June 2018.