Emily Washines

Virtual History Pub

Crossing Historical Boundaries: Yakama War
  • Dates:
    Jun 16, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
  • Ages:
    All ages
  • Where:
    McMenamins History Facebook page
  • Tickets:


  • Accessibility:

    This program is accessible online.

Remember the monthly History Pubs we held at McMenamins’ Elks Temple? This is the virtual version hosted live on McMenamins History Facebook page. Just like the in-person version, it is free and all ages are welcome. Pull up the Facebook page at 7:00 PM to participate and post your questions in the comments feed. Note: You do not need a Facebook account.
Presented by Emily Washines, MPA & scholar; founder/CEO of Native Friends blog.
A few months after one of the largest treaty councils held in the United States, there was a war that sent a shock through the Northwest. The Yakama War took place from 1855-1858. This presentation explores the path of one Yakama woman’s research and work in films, and how her curiosity built connections along the way. This path explores the question: How do you talk to someone when our great-grandparents were historic enemies? Find out about the meeting process between descendants of Yakama Nation tribal members and the U.S. military and militia. Join us for this presentation about the steps in crossing historical boundaries in the Northwest.
Forthcoming Case study to be published in The Evergreen State College’s Native Cases
Want this to feel more like the in-person History Pubs? Great! All McMenamins locations including Elks Temple are open for take-out, including food, beer, wine, cider and coffee, using proper COVID19 precautions. Call your order in and then swing by to pick up beer and tots to recreate the full History Pub experience at home.
About the Speaker:
Emily Washines, MPA and scholar is an enrolled Yakama Nation tribal member with Cree and Skokomish lineage. Her blog, Native Friends, focuses on history and culture. Building understanding and support for Native Americans is evident in her films, writing, speaking, and exhibits. Her research topics include the Yakama War, Native women, traditional knowledge, resource management, fishing rights, and food sovereignty. Emily speaks Ichiskiin (Yakama language) and other Native languages. Yakima Herald-Republic lists her as Top 39 under 39. She received a Single Impact Event Award for her 2018 presentation from the Association of King County Historical Organizations. She is a board member of the Museum of Culture and Environment, Artist Trust, and Columbia Riverkeeper. She is adjunct faculty at Yakima Valley College.
Emily researches and speaks on the historical aspects of missing and murdered Native women on the Yakama reservation, with particular emphasis on women and girls who were raped and murdered in the years leading up to the Yakama War of 1855-58. She searches for descendants of the Yakama War to stand by her side. Emily lives on the Yakama reservation with her husband and three children.
Photo Credit: Emily Washines.