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WCC June Program Meeting

Friday June 16, 2023 Noon to 1:30 p.m. Via Zoom only

Free and open to the public

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American Democracy’s Indigenous Roots and Future

With featured presenter: Fern Naomi Renville

Program description:

History books teach us that the Founding Fathers birthed American democracy, but do not reveal the Indigenous sources of inspiration that guided their vision. The Haudenosaunee Confederacy’s Great Law of Peace—uniting six Nations in an alliance that predates the American Constitution by centuries—served as a powerful example to men such as Benjamin Franklin, who benefited from the political guidance of Haudenosaunee leaders. Franklin directly cited the Law’s influence on the Constitution.

But even Franklin did not comprehend the political and spiritual power held by the clan mothers of these matriarchal societies, who were instrumental to building and maintaining a peaceful union. Join storyteller Fern Renville as she shares stories both mythic and personal that reframe and highlight the history, present, and future of Indigenous female power and leadership in America. Such stories include the Seneca story of The Peacemaker and the Dakota story of White Buffalo Calf Woman.

This program is being presented with the support of the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau.

Fern Naomi Renville (she/her) is a Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota, Omaha, and Seneca-Cayuga storyteller, theatre director, and playwright. She is the great-granddaughter of Melinda Cayuga, a Seneca matriarch who exemplified the loving strength of the clan mothers. Renville lives in Washougal, Washington.


July and August: We don’t hold program meetings in the summer, but we’ll plan to do some summer outings and


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2023 Past program highlights: 
  • February 1, 2023 Tour of the Seattle Public Schools Archives with Meaghan Kahlo, head archivist.
  • February 17, 2023 David Martin presented a talk based on his recently published book, George Tsutakawa: Early Works on Paper.
  • March 8, 2023 Special Tour of the Tsutakawa exhibit at Cascadia Art Museum with Curator David Martin.
  • March 17, 2023 Paradoxes of Political Agency: The Power of Women Educators and the Failure of School Finance Reform in Washington, 1920-21 presented by University of Washington Professor of Education, Nancy Beadie.
  • April 21, 2023 Panel Presentation with Nancy Hirsh the executive director of the NW Energy Coalition, and Joseph Bogaard with Save our wild Salmon Coalition, on the future of the lower Snake River and its federal dams and endangered salmon populations. 
  • May 19, 2023 Annual May Breakfast. 

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