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April 20, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Civic Center Auditorium
Moses Lake Museum & Art Center
401 South Balsam Street

Moses Lake, WA 98837

Llyn De Danaan
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Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau Presentation What It Means to be Human: What We Know about Our Ancient Predecessors with Llyn De Danaan

Thursday, April 20

Deep caves, adorned with representations of long extinct animals and strewn with the ashy remains of ancient hearths and stone tools, are portals to knowledge of our selves.

As more age-old dwellings and remains of our ancient inhabitants are discovered, the story of what it means to be human becomes more intriguing and complex. Author and cultural anthropologist Llyn De Danaan explores our origins and how they help us define what it means to be human, and examines recent finds that have altered our understanding of our past. Further, what will it mean to be human in the future as new technologies challenge our own intelligence and hard-won skills? Wonder together what the future holds.

LLyn De Danaan is an anthropologist, writer, and photographer. Her eclectic experiences include co-producing a film about basket makers Louisa Pulsifer and Emily Miller of the Skokomish Tribe, working with Japanese American poets and their families on a project called “Mountain of Shell” that describes their lives and labor on Oyster Bay in southern Puget Sound, and producing a book of literary history called Katie Gale: A Coast Salish Woman’s Life on Oyster Bay. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in Sarawak, Malaysia from 1962-64, and joined the faculty of The Evergreen State College in 1971. Among De Danaan’s accolades are a Fulbright scholarship and the Washington State Historical Society’s Peace and Friendship Award. She was an expert witness for the Puyallup Tribe of Indians and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. De Danaan lives in Shelton.

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Speakers Bureau Presentations are a part of Humanities Washington statewide Speakers Bureau program, which receives funding from the Secretary of State’s office, the NEH, Boeing, and other private funders. Humanities Washington is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to sparking conversation and critical thinking using story as a catalyst, nurturing thoughtful and engaged communities across our state.