The Valley of the Kings: Rehabilitation of the People of the Columbia River and Pacific Rim through Ceremonialism

Edited By: Cynthia Landrum, PhD


Donald Fixico suggests that the wars fought between the Peoples indigenous to Turtle Island and the Euro-Americans were more than just over land – they were wars of the mind. It has been further suggested that the American mainstream still thinks in a linear fashion, which is different from the circular fashion of traditionalists. These two worldviews continue to be at odds when both are not realized, “as by one not knowing the other one.” This neglect presumes there is only one correct way of thought-the linear way-which implicitly compounds the long-term national problem of geographic dislocation and the negative aspects of alcohol (and other substances) once they were systematically introduced into Native populations through trade; as the “larger ripple” of colonization continues to manifest itself in new and unanticipated ways.Within The Valley of the Kings, Cynthia Landrum PhD explores the outcomes of the colonization process in respect to drugs and alcohol use among Pacific Northwest tribes and how it impacts individuals and communities: spiritually, psychologically, emotionally, and socially over time. Further, Dr. Landrum examines the survival of the individual, traditions and cultures, assimilation “norms” versus traditions, and the Native traditions and ceremonies in place to remedy ongoing addiction issues.

  • ISBN: 978-1-926476-13-1
    Price: $28.00
    Binding: Paperback
    Date: 2016
    Rights: World
    Pages: 252
    Size: 6″ x 9″

  • Table of Contents

    Dedication & Acknowledgements
    Table of Contents

    PART I: Regional History and Addiction Programs
    1. Introduction

    2. Native American Youth and Family Association

    3. Union Gospel Mission, Portland Recue Mission, and City Central Concern

    4. Native American Rehabilitation Association of the Pacific Northwest

    5. Dream Time in the Ring of Fire

    PART II: Native Voices
    6. Reflection on the First Peoples
    By: Linda Meanus (Celio/Warm Springs/Yakama)

    7. United States/Native American Relations: A Historical Compendium of Treaties, Abuses, and Abrogations
    By: Monty Herron (Grand Ronde: Umpqua/Rogue River/Assiniboine)

    8. All of Us Together
    By: Jen Willup (Swinomish)

    9. A Place in the Sun: Realizing the Red Road
    By: Christopher Belch (Chumash)

    10. Intergenerational Linguicide: the Untold Legacy of Federal American Indigenous Boarding Schools as it Relates to Indigenous Language Revitalization in the United States
    By: Tahja Whiteley (Shawnee/Lenni-Lenape/Seneca/Ojibwe)

    About the Editor
    About the Authors

  • Cynthia Landrum, PhD

    Cynthia L. Landrum, PhD currently teaches history and Indigenous Nations Studies/United States History at Portland State University and at Clark College. Cynthia holds a PhD in American Indian History from Oklahoma State University. Her essay, “Shape shifters, Ghosts and Residual Power: An Examination of Northern Plains Spiritual Beliefs, Location, Objects, and Spiritual Colonialism” is included in the anthology Phantom Past, Indigenous Presence: Native Ghosts in North American Cultures and History (Spring 2011) with the University of Nebraska Press. American Indian Quarterly (Spring 2012) recently published her article, “Kicking Bear, John Trudell, and Anthony Kiedis (of the Red Hot Chili Peppers): “Show Indians” and Pop-Cultural Colonialism.” Her essay “The Dann Sisters: Defenders of the Western Shoshone Homeland” is included in the anthology Our Cause Will Ultimately Triumph: Profiles in American Indian Sovereignty (Spring 2014) with Carolina Academic Press. Her essay, “Always a People: Chief Turkey Tayac and the Resurrection of the Piscataway People” is included in Exploring Indigenous Social Justice (Fall 2014) with JCharlton Publishing Ltd. Her book entitled The Dakota Sioux and the Boarding School Experience at Flandreau and Pipestone Indian Schools is currently under review with the University of Nebraska Press as well.

  • Landrum grapples with the painful legacies of colonialism for the Native peoples of the Pacific Northwest, grounding issues of addiction and recovery in a much longer history of cultural change, environmental degradation, and spiritual tension. Her book provides a space for members of affected communities to speak directly about their experiences with dispossession, prejudice, forced assimilation, and the intergenerational trauma that flows from those wounds. Their words testify to the resilience of indigenous lifeways and the importance of traditional culture in healing the damage of the past.

    Andrew Fisher, PhD

    Associate Professor
    Department of History
    College of William & Mary

    The Valley of the Kings is an innovative work on native history, traditions, and realities. Landrum’s book travels fluidly between the past and the present and incorporates examples from Egypt and the eastern North American seaboard to inform our understanding of the Columbia River Valley. Her writing illuminates the connections between the spirit and physical world to offer insight into contemporary native challenges as tied to injustices of the past. Landrum and her indigenous collaborators bridge academic and personal reflections to address the role of ritual, religion, and community in preserving balance in this life and the spirit life. The Valley of the Kings explores how forced removals, land takings, and cultural genocide have created an imbalance in this world and discusses remedies and opportunities for holistic healing in contemporary indigenous communities.

    Anne Flaherty, PhD

    Associate Professor
    Department of Political Science
    Merrimack College