Viola Martinez, California Paiute

Living in Two Worlds
Bahr, Diana Meyers (Book - 2003)
Viola Martinez, California Paiute
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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 working 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. Bahr allows Viola to tell her story in her own words, beginning with her early years in Owens Valley, where she learned traditional lifeways, such as gathering pinons, from her aunt. In the summers, she traveled by horse and buggy into the High Sierras where her aunt traded with Basque sheepherders. Viola was sent to the Sherman Institute, a federal boarding school with a mandate to assimilate American Indians into U.S. mainstream culture. Punished for speaking Paiute at the boarding school, Viola and her cousin climbed fifty-foot palm trees to speak their native language secretly. Realizing that, despite her efforts, she was losing her language, Viola resolved not just to learn English but to master it. She earned a degree from Santa Barbara State College and pursued a career as social worker. During World War II, Viola worked as an employment counselor for Japanese American internees at the Manzanar War Relocation Authority camp. Later in life, she became a teacher and worked tirelessly as a founding member of theLos Angeles American Indian Education Commission.
Authors: Bahr, Diana Meyers, 1930-
Title: Viola Martinez, California Paiute
living in two worlds
Publisher: Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, c2003
Characteristics: ix, 202 p. :,ill. ;,23 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Diana Meyers Bahr
ISBN: 080613514X
Branch Call Number: B-Ma366b 2003
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 185-193) and index
Subject Headings: Indian women United States Paiute Indians Biography Martinez, Viola M. (Viola Meroney)
Topical Term: Indian women
Paiute Indians
LCCN: 2002074040
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Much like the Owens River was stolen away to Los Angeles, Viola Martinez was taken from her family in the Owens Valley and "Educated" at The Sherman Institute in Riverside, CA where she was punished for speaking her own language... and that's just the beginning of her complex an... Read More »

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