Grand Coulee Dam: The Intersection of Modernity and Indigenous Cultures




Spokane, WA


June 5, 2024 (virtual), July 7-12, 2024 (residential); June 19, 2024 (virtual), July 14-19, 2024 (residential); October 15, 2024 (virtual)


1 week


Professional Development Program

Professional Development Program Type

Professional Development Program Audience




“Grand Coulee: The Intersection of Modernity and Indigenous Cultures” explores how different social groups experience history and memory. The workshops unpack the Grand Coulee Dam as a landmark of contested narratives. One narrative celebrated the social, economic, and cultural power of modernity. The other focused on the loss of indigenous cultural identities and livelihoods. Participants will encounter experts, site visits, oral histories, government documents, art, song, and photographs. The workshops will equip teachers with unique and meaningful frameworks to engage their students in conversations centered on how different social groups experience, interpret, and remember transformative changes of the landscape.

Project Director(s)

David Pietz; Dorothy Zeisler-Vralsted

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Francene Watson; Benedict Colombi; Laurie Arnold; Steven Ross Evans; Allen Pinkham; Margo Hill; Jennifer Moriarty; Marsha Wynecoop; Steve Schott; Ivan Snavely

Grantee Institution

University of Arizona