Grand Coulee Dam: The Intersection of Modernity and Indigenous Cultures


Spokane, WA



July 12 - July 17, 2020; July 19 - July 24, 2020 Length: 1 Week


Summer Program

Summer Program Type

Summer Program Audience


Dorothy Zeisler-Vralsted



Grand Coulee Dam: Intersection of Modernity and Indigenous Cultures is a K-12 teacher workshop that explores the history of 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 practices.  Participants will unpack these themes in discussion with experts, site visits, and through oral histories, art, song, and photographs.  The workshop will equip teachers with analytical frameworks to guide their humanities and social science students in conversations on how social groups experience and interpret transformative changes of the landscape.

Project Director(s)

Dorothy Zeisler-Vralsted; David Allen Pietz

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

David Pietz, Dorothy Zeisler-Vralsted, Francene Watson, Benedict Colombi, Vincent Langedijk, Laurie Arnold, Steven Evans, Margo Hill, Allen Pinkham, Jennifer Ferguson, Kettle Falls Historical Society staff, Ivan Snavely

Grantee Institution

Eastern Washington University