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Writing the Land with Greg Sarris


Thursday, June 16 | 6:00 pm

The California Historical Society presents storyteller and tribal leader Greg Sarris as he explores how, despite the trauma of settler-colonialism, Native American communities have preserved cultural heritage through the power of story and the significance of these stories in influencing our relationship with the lands where we live.

Drawing from his experience writing his own “fascinating and evocative memoir in essays” (Kirkus, starred review), Sarris will share insights of the Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo ancestors whose inspiration is alive in his writing. His talk will underscore the urgency of what these inherited wisdom and the rise of Native American literature have to teach us in the era of climate breakdown.

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About the Speaker

Greg Sarris

Greg Sarris

Greg Sarris is an award-winning author and tribal leader serving his fifteenth consecutive term as Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. He received his Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University and has taught as a professor of Creative Writing and American and American Indian Literatures. His books include Becoming Story, How a Mountain Was Madeand Grand Avenue, which was adapted into an HBO miniseries. Visit his website at greg-sarris.com.


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