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2nd Annual Indigenous Peoples History Day Play

09/08/2016 11:00AM ● Published by Enjoy Magazine

Based on a True Story


October 2016

"Undamming History" is the second annual Indigenous Peoples History event organized by the Shasta Historical Society in collaboration with local tribes and Native community members.

The mission of the program is to provide a more truthful, inclusive account of Shasta County history, promote community healing and understanding and increase community awareness of how the historical treatment of Native people continues to affect their communities and access to justice today.

This year’s program will focus on the history of Shasta County and California between 1848 and 1860, covering the period when rule of California was transferred from Mexico to the United States and the Gold Rush. Of particular focus will be the unratified Cottonwood Treaty of 1851, which if approved by Congress would have created a reservation of 35-square miles for the Wintu and Yana peoples.

This year’s program will be a more theatrical show. The narrative will alternate between depictions of historical events based on real records, accounts and newspaper stories of the era and fictional scenes of a modern day Native student struggling to make sense of a school curriculum that does not include the indigenous perspective.

The play will take place on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 2 pm at the Cascade Theatre. There will also be a street fair from 11 am-5 pm outside of the Cascade.


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