Diane Josephy Peavey

Remembering the West as it Changes

This presentation will look at the West and the people who live on its lands, their stories, traditions, and the changes they live through as the Old West struggles to understand its place in the New West. It is a tension as old as the region itself. The first Indians here – the Shoshone, the Paiute, the Bannock, the Nez Perce, the Coeur d’Alene, the Kootenai – suffered severe losses at the hands of those who arrived after Lewis and Clark. So too has each successive community watched the west it loved go through jarring changes. Today traditional resource-based communities become second homes for the wealthy and recreational centers for urban people and we find ourselves again assessing the uses of this western landscape. Discussing essays by the author and other contemporary writers, the presentation will explore the changes occurring today and the attempts to bridge the demands of the old and new cultures.