In-Person Event: Darren Parry, Author of The Bear River Massacre
We're delighted to announce an in-person event with Darren Parry (author of The Bear River Massacre: A Shoshone History) in conjunction with the Utah Humanities Book Festival. This event will be held at The Glendale Library on Indigenous Peoples' Day, October 11th at 7 PM to honor and remember the histories of the Northwestern Band of Shoshone. The evening will feature a Q&A conversation with Darren Parry. We hope to see you there!
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About The Bear River Massacre
Even though the Bear River Massacre was a defining event in the history of the Northwest Band of the Shoshone, in Parry's retelling the massacre did not trap his people in death, but offered them rebirth. While never flinching from the realities of Latter-day Saint encroachment on Shoshone land and the racial ramifications of America's spread westward, Parry offers messages of hope. As storyteller for his people, Parry brings the full weight of Shoshone wisdom to his tales--lessons of peace in the face of violence, of strength in the teeth of annihilation, of survival through change, and of the pliability necessary for cultural endurance. These are arresting stories told disarmingly well. What emerges from the margins of these stories is much more than a history of a massacre from the Shoshone perspective, it is a poignant meditation on the resilience of the soul of a people.--W. Paul Reeve, author of Religion of a Different Color: Race and the Mormon Struggle for Whiteness
About Darren Parry
Darren Parry is the former chairman of the Northwest Band of the Shoshone Nation. He is the driving force behind the proposed Northwest Band of the Shoshone Nation Boa Ogoi Cultural Interpretive Center. Parry served on the boards of the American West Heritage Center (Logan, UT) and the Utah State Museum Board. He has also served on the Advisory Board of the Huntsman Cancer Center (SLC, UT). An educator by training, in secondary education with an emphasis in history, Darren graduated from Weber State University (Ogden, UT). During the last year (2019-2020) he ran for election, unsuccessfully, to the U.S. House to represent Utah’s 1st Congressional District. In 2017 he was a receipent of the Esto Pepetua Award from the Idaho State Historical Society, for one who has preserved and promoted the history of Idaho.