Cal Day 2015: Exploring an Untold Water Story

Saturday, April 18, 2015
11:00am - 1:00pm
Morrison Reading Room, Doe Library

California currently faces one of its most severe droughts on record, raising difficult environmental and policy issues. Given these circumstances, it is especially important to learn more about a period and place where conscious engineering of water use allowed a culture to flourish over hundreds of years, the Paiute Tribe of Owens Valley. The Paiute developed a sophisticated system of irrigation canals that made the valley bloom. 
For a long time, this history was absent from the popular narrative of the California ‘water wars.’ Through an ongoing community partnership in the ACES class, Researching Water in the West (CW 50/150AC), this fascinating history was presented by Harry Williams, a Paiute tribal member, Berkeley faculty, the Bancroft Curator and a former AC student, Jenna Cavelle, whose lives have been changed by unearthing and exploring this story. Below is the video of the the event.

Exploring an Untold California Water Story

Harry Williams, ACES Community Scholar and Paiute Tribal Elder and Water Activist
Pat Steenland, ACES Faculty, College Writing Programs
Jenna Cavelle, Annenberg Fellow, MFA Candidate in Film & Television Production at the School of Cinematic Arts, and Head of Research & Development at Media Institute for Social Change, University of Southern California
Theresa Salazar, Curator of the Bancroft Collection of Western Americana, Bancroft Library
Jane Stanley, Director, College Writing Programs