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Fort Colvile Bicentennial

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This page is intended to host conversations about topics regarding the bicentennial. For starters, it has a list of people who have been involved in that effort. Some links to websites are included but no email addresses will be shown without express permission from the participants.

These Three essays are all by Joseph Barreca.

Preliminary Thoughts is about the groups of people who were involved in the establishment of the fort and why that is important today. 

The goals article breaks out 5 areas of organization that need to be staffed and coordinated to pull this off. 

After some interaction with people with stories and perspectives about the fort. It became apparent that everyone brings their own personality to the history and that has implications for how to shape the commemoration. 

Music was a tradition with the Scottish and the Métis employees of the Hudson Bay Company.  

Alan Hageman had a suggestion to bring in some music specific to that era. Music has that curious paradox of being universal to all of us while often very unique to a specific culture. Métis fiddling fits that description.


An example is a Métis fiddler is Jamie Fox as in this YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeAWiEbPEVA

It doesn’t have to be Jamie Fox. She happens to be known as an accomplished Métis fiddler and she’s from Fort Belknap in NW Montana so not terribly far from Fort Colvile. There are also probably other sorts of visual arts specific to the era that can be discovered without a lot of research.

This is a list of people on the HBC Fort Colvile Bicentennial (#FortColvile200) mailing list.  Future mailings to this list will be blind carbon copies (BCC). If you would like to contact anyone on the list, I can forward your email address to them.  If you would just as soon open contact through the website, I can add your email to this list.

 

Jan Bodie: Advised that we map out the area of interest for the fort and for the commemoration.  The Park Service, Kettle Falls Historical Center and Avista need to be on board with planning activities.

 

Jackie Cook and Guy Mora: As historians for the Colville Confederated Tribes have agreed to meet and advise us on how we should prepare for this project and present ideas to the Tribal Council.

 

Mike Lithgow and Donna Malvik: as Information and Outreach Coordinator for the Kalispel Natural Resource Department and Marketing manager for the Kalispel Tribe want to follow the progress of the project.

 

Leslie Bytnar. Public & Governmental Affairs Program Manager for the Kalispels 

 

Sonya Scauflaire with PORTA (Pend Oreille River Tourism Alliance) has helped find contacts with the Kalispel Tribe.

 

Lori Barkley – anthropologist for the Autonomous Sinixt

 

Nancy Marguerite Anderson. http://nancymargueriteanderson.com/ is a historian who has published and is publishing a lot of information on the fur trade era, particularly as it relates to Métis history.  She has contributed a paper with ideas on activities we could do, connected me with several other people who have experience in similar events and with others with particular knowledge about boats and other Métis specialties.  She is a big asset for this project.

 

Sheila Anderson – Métis family historian: Sheila has been very helpful and lives in Chewelah on land settled by Métis ancestors of her husband.  I look forward to meeting her in person and catching up on the many things I don’t know about Métis history.

 

Steve Anderson – Author of a biography of Angus McDonald:  I am reading Steve’s Book and learning that there were several Angus McDonalds.  His subject is particularly interesting and includes stories from Catherine McDonald, Métis and Nes Perce daughter and wife of Angus.

 

Fern Perkins has experience with fur trade and Francophone gatherings and is providing contact information for knowledgeable people.

 

Eileen Delehanty Perkeas – historian and author of many articles about local indigenous peoples is helping with Arrow Lakes history and announcing release of her latest book, A River Captured, https://www.amazon.com/River-Captured-Columbia-Treaty-Catastrophic/dp/1771601787

 

Tom Holloway – Columbia Bateau historian – http://furfortfunfacts.blogspot.com/ has contributed a great article on the Columbia Bateau boats and many more articles from HBC archives.

 

Shaun Deller – Spokane House reenactors – has helped with contacts for many interesting skills including

Shawn Brigman who builds sturgeon-nosed canoes. http://shawn-brigman.squarespace.com/about

Warren Seylar – Spokan Tribal Member who talks to visitors about Spokan History at Spokane House events.

Dana Anderson – flint knapper who I am hoping can work with Kettle Falls quartzite.

Patrick Farneman who organizes http://www.bridgestothepast.org/ and the Between the Rivers Gathering teaching skills of our ancestors.

 

Arnie Marchand – Representative for the Colville Confederated Tribes

 

Stuart Gillespie – Associate of the Colville Confederated Tribes, former editor of Columbiana Magazine

 

Dorothy Javorka – Kettle Falls Historical Center

 

Linda Kiva – Autonomous Sinixt

 

Jack Nisbet – Jack Nisbet lives and works with his wife Claire in Spokane. He is the author of several collections of essays that explore the human and natural history of the Northwest. http://www.jacknisbet.com/

 

Sue Richart – Historical Researcher – https://www.facebook.com/TheHeritageNetwork

 

Janet Thomas – Stevens County Historical Society – http://stevenscountyhistoricalsociety.org/

 

Brekyn Worbes – US Park Service – Park Guide at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area

 

Joseph Barreca – President, The Heritage Network – Coordinator HBC Fort Colvile Bicentennial Commemoration 

This document contains a wonderful story about the birth and education of Able-One, a Sinixt woman contemporaneous with Hudson’s Bay Fort Colvile.  You will find descriptions and links on this post: http://theheritagenetwork.org/2021/10/18/in-the-stream/

The Fur Trade was the main business of the Hudson’s Bay Company.  It is both historical and controversial.  For links to this topic, go to http://theheritagenetwork.org/2021/10/25/fur-trade/

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