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Eastern Washington University (Cheney, WA 99004-1619)
Dorothy Zeisler-Vralsted (Project Director: February 2016 to present)

Grand Coulee Dam: The Intersection of Modernity and Indigenous Cultures

Two one-week workshops for seventy-two schoolteachers on the construction and impact of the Grand Coulee Dam.

Eastern Washington University, in collaboration with the UNESCO Chair of Environmental History, the Colville Tribal Museum, the Kettle Falls Historical Center, and the Grand Coulee Dam Visitor's Center, is proposing two one-week workshops for teachers of grades 6-12. The workshops, "The Grand Coulee Dam: The Intersection of Modernity and Indigenous Cultures," offer a close examination of modernization and its impact upon the indigenous peoples in the first half of the 20th Century. This examination will be accomplished through a case study of the construction of Grand Coulee Dam and its subsequent effects upon eastern Washington tribes. Building upon the case study will be examples of modernization in the global context offering content in several disciplines. The project will be directed by Dr. Dorothy Zeisler-Vralsted, EWU Professor of Government, and Dr. David Pietz, UNESCO Chair, who are responsible for recruitment, selection, and workshop logistics and curriculum.

Project fields:
Native American Studies; Social Sciences, General; U.S. History

Landmarks of American History

Education Programs

Total amounts:
$179,713 (approved)
$170,434 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2016 – 12/31/2017