Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Kitty Potts Flores (August 9, 1924 - April 1, 1951)

Marie Potts lost her youngest daughter, Kitty Marie "Pumpkin" Potts Flores, on April 1, 1951. Bertha Stewart (Tolowa), Secretary of the FIC,  had worked closely with Kitty for many years and wrote a touching tribute to her as founding editor of the Smoke Signal. Marie Potts, who was elected to the position of Smoke Signal editor in March 1949, added biographical information about her daughter just beneath Bertha Stewart's typescript signature.

Kitty--beloved daughter, wife, and aunt--was laid to rest in East Lawn Cemetery. Her untimely death was clearly a tremendous loss not only to her family, but to the larger world of California Indian activism. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Lettered Life of a Mountain Maidu Woman at Maidu Museum & Historic Site (Roseville) until May 9

Had a great time this past Saturday night (March 21) at the opening reception and lecture for a small exhibit I was invited to install out at the Maidu Museum, in Roseville. The exhibit is called The Lettered Life of a Mountain Maidu Woman: An Archival Portrait of Marie Mason Potts. I was especially pleased that some of her daughter Pansy Marine's descendants there and that I was able to chat with them afterwards. The flyer for the show is posted below.

Friday, October 24, 2014

University Library Exhibit Highlights Marie Potts' Life Story

In conjunction with this year's University One Book Program, which features Sherman Alexie's book Blasphemy,  the University Library is featuring an exhibit I co-curated with Dr. Brian Baker, entitled Before 'The Search Engine': Education, Identity and Tradition. Our exhibit was inspired by the short story The Search Engine, and includes four exhibit cases. Two feature Americana Indian artifacts from Dr. Baker's collection, and two (shown below) feature my research on Marie Potts--her years at the Greenville Indian Industrial School and the Carlisle Indian Industrial School and the period of her land claims activism here in Sacramento.  The exhibit is up through December 12, 2014. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

28th Annual California Indian Conference

The Ethnic Studies Department at California State University, Sacramento is hosting the 28th Annual California Indian Conference here on campus, from October 3-5, 2013. The conference also maintains a Facebook Page. The Conference is a wonderful gathering of scholars, artists, activists and California Indian youths and elders. Although it is free and open to all, you need to download and complete the registration form to assist the Planning Committee in estimating necessary seating, refreshments, and the like. The University Union Gallery, Anthropology Museum, Library, and Archives and Special Collections are all hosting related exhibits. I am curating (with anthropology graduate student Valerie Garcia) an exhibit of Frank Day paintings that will be shown in the University Union Gallery (opening reception on October 3, from 5:30-7:30 pm). Be sure to come by and  say hello. And stop by the other exhibits during this time as well!