Harry Smith in the Pacific Northwest

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Who is Harry Smith? and what cultural impact has his life had on this region?  In what ways did the Northwest influence this self-taught anthropologist, musicologist, filmmaker, and record producer? 

Harry Smith in the Northwest @ Hollywood Theatre;

Thursday, May 16, 2013 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

This is the first of three events, as part of Harry Smith PDX 2013, at which the Oregon Cartoon Institute desires to bring knowledge about this Oregon-born genius to the public through screenings, talks, discussions, and live demonstrations.

Short presentations by three speakers will be followed by a panel discussion this afternoon:
Michael Munk, of Portland Red Guide, will speak about labor issues and the role of the Wobblies whose membership crested in 1924 which is the year after Harry Smith was born. Harry Smith’s father worked in a cannery. Harry has cited the Wobblies in interviews as part of the cultural landscape in which he grew up.
Gus Frederick, a Silverton-based historian, will discuss the early presence of Free Thinkers in the Willamette Valley, and the nature of their attraction to the West. Harry Smith’s parents were hard core Theosophists who dabbled in spiritualism.
Rich Wandschneider, of the Josephy Library of Western History and Culture in Joseph, will speak about cross-culturality as experienced by European Americans who taught on Indian reservations. Harry Smith’s mother, Mary Louise Hammond Smith, held that position. Harry’s teenage anthropological work, collecting field recordings of Lummi Indians, happened within this context.

THIS IS A FREE EVENT sponsored by KBOO Community Radio.

Hollywood Theatre 4122 NE Sandy Boulevard, Portland
Contact name: 
Anne Richardson


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