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Through The Eyes of Women: Generational Trauma Gets Passed To Descendants

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The history of Native and Indigenous people in California is told through many lenses. According to Deborah Miranda—author of the book Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir, the stories of her people and many others who survived decades of persecution and genocide under colonialism, the gold rush and California missions, have not been told by enough native perspectives.

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Bad Indians - A Tribal Memoir by Deborah Miranda

Miranda, who identifies as a member of the Ohlone-Costanoan Esselen Nations, talks with Through The Eyes of Women host Natalya Estrada about the struggles of writing about tribal history, personal and family memories and culture. The book, which was originally published in 2013 received several awards including the PEN-Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award, a Gold Medal from the Independent Publisher’s Association, and was short listed for the William Saroyan Literary Award. Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir is now taught in universities around the world.

Miranda will be speaking at Humboldt State University about her book on Thursday October 19, 2017 for the Indigenous Peoples’ Week Event Series through the department of Environmental Science.

The presentation is a free public event and will take place on campus at the Behavioral & Social Sciences Room 162 in the Native American Forum beginning at 5:00pm.

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