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Louisa George papers, 1980

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George, Louisa
Louisa George papers
1980 (inclusive)
2 sound cassettes (60 min. each, 3 sides); Transcript: 10 pages.
Collection Number
3416-001 (Accession No. 3416-001-68)
Born 1894, she is a Nooksack
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
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Born 1894, she is a Nooksack. She attended school for only two years and first leaned English there. Her father died when she was young. After her mother died, her family married her to her mother's second husband's brother. She was age 14. Her husband died 21 or 22 years before these interviews. He wasn't able to earn enough money to feel the family so Louisa worked picking berries, hops and grapes. She tooks her children with her and one daughter died of tuberculosis. She continued to work in the fields, the cannery, and knitting socks after her husband died.

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Tape recorded interview conducted by Kathy Bruneau on 18 Jul 1980; tape summary of an interview with Louisa George and Helen Paul conducted by Linda Allen on 22 Oct 1980; partial transcript and index.

George discusses work in the fields picking berries, hops and grapes and work in the cannery. She also discusses knitting socks, social activities, Pow Wows, her conversion to Christianity and its influence on her family. She sings a hymn in [language unknown] and mentions her husband as an Indian dancer who had supernatural powers. The summary of the interview with both George and Paul concerns music.

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