Joaquin Miller, pony express rider/lawyer/horse thief/literary figure.
When did Oregon writers start exploring the bi-culturality of our state ?
(This list is an excerpt of a previous post, designed for people who are list crazy.)
1873: Joaquin Miller writes Life Among The Modocs: An Unwritten History
1883: Sarah Winnemucca writes Life Among The Piutes
1890: Frederick Homer Balch writes Bridge of the Gods
1902: Eva Emery Dye writes The Conquest: The True Story of Lewis and Clark,with Sacajawea at the center of her narrative
1940: Yellow Wolf dictates Yellow Wolf: His Own Story to Lucullus Virgil McWhorter. Movie connection: In 1975, the television movie I Will Fight No More Forever dramatized the events to which Yellow Wolf was eyewitness in 1877.
1960: Don Berry writes Trask
1962: Ken Kesey writes One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. Movie connection: In 1975, Milos Forman’s One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest won Best Picture and four other Academy Awards.
1987: William Kittredge writes Owning It All.
1993: Elizabeth Woody writes Seven Hands, Seven Hearts
1995: Craig Lesley writes Winterkill
1998: Chris Eyre directs Sherman Alexie’s Smoke Signals.
2000 Marv Ross and Thomas Morning Owl, Jr begin writing & composing The Ghosts Of Celilo
2010: Matt McCormick writes & directs Some Days Are Better Than Others
2010: Jon Raymond writes Meek’s Cutoff
The above book list is not comprehensive! I am not covering all related works of art, nor all artists. Please feel free to add names/titles I have omitted.
For people who would like to know more about the books on the list — see Walt Curtis Recommends: Top Nine For Oregon Bookworms. Another great list, created by David Milholland and Walt Curtis, can be found on the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission website.