The Friends of the Sacramento State Library invite you to join us for a presentation by Terri A. Castaneda, professor of Anthropology at Sacramento State and author of "Marie Mason Potts: The Lettered Life of a California Indian Activist." Castaneda’s book explores the life, challenges, and accomplishments of Marie Mason Potts (1895–1978), a Mountain Maidu woman and one of the most influential California Indian political activists of the 20th century. Castaneda draws on Potts’ work for the Federated Indians of California, the Smoke Signal newspaper, and personal correspondence to privilege Potts’ voice in this exceptional biography.
“It is impossible to share all of her meaning and importance here, but Terri Castaneda has provided us with a detailed view of Marie Potts’s life, her challenges, and her greatest successes as an advocate for California Indian people… Castaneda has given us all something to treasure.” — News from Native California
Potts’ long affiliation with Sacramento State began in the early 1950s, when the University was located on the campus of Sacramento Junior College, and it continued throughout the 1970s when she taught California Indian basketweaving courses in the nascent Ethnic Studies Program.
Purchase Castaneda’s book at your favorite bookstore, and join us for an engaging conversation with the author.
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