Viola Martinez, California Paiute: Living in Two Worlds

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The life story of Viola Martinez, an Owens Valley Paiute Indian of eastern California, extends over nine decades of the twentieth century. Viola experienced forced assimilation in an Indian boarding school, overcame racial stereotypes to pursue a college degree, and spent several years wolking at a Japanese American internment camp during World War II. Finding herself poised uncertainly between Indian and white worlds, Viola was determined to turn her marginalized existence into an opportunity for personal ...
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Overview

The life story of Viola Martinez, an Owens Valley Paiute Indian of eastern California, extends over nine decades of the twentieth century. Viola experienced forced assimilation in an Indian boarding school, overcame racial stereotypes to pursue a college degree, and spent several years wolking at a Japanese American internment camp during World War II. Finding herself poised uncertainly between Indian and white worlds, Viola was determined to turn her marginalized existence into an opportunity for personal empowerment. In Viola Martinez, California Paiute, Diana Meyers Bahr recounts Viola's extraordinary life story and examines her strategies for dealing with acculturation.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780806135144
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 3/12/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.88 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Diana Meyers Bahr is the author of From Mission to Metropolis: Cupe´┐Żo Indian Women in Los Angeles; Viola Martinez, California Paiute: Living in Two Worlds; and The Unquiet Nisei: An Oral History of the Life of Sue Kunitomi Embrey.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations VII

Acknowledgments IX

Introduction: The Marginal Person 3

Chapter 1 Facing the Sunrise: Owens Valley 17

Chapter 2 "A Mess of Uncles": Viola's Early Years 29

Chapter 3 Far from Home: Sherman Institute Boarding School 51

Chapter 4 The Creative Margin 67

Chapter 5 Return to Owens Valley 83

Chapter 6 Converging Paths: Native Americans, Euro-Americans, and Japanese Americans at Manzanar 93

Chapter 7 Expanded Margins: Urban Opportunities 105

Chapter 8 Education Advocate: Eighteen Years in the Los Angeles Unified School District 123

Chapter 9 The Trip Home 133

Conclusion: Culturally Enlarged Elder 155

Literature Review 159

Afterword 171

Notes 173

Bibliography 185

Index 195

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