The Evergreen State College Daniel J. Evans Library and Greener Bookstore present: Tahoma and Its People is a natural history of Mount Rainier National Park, a book talk with Jeff Antonelis-Lapp Jeff Antonelis-Lapp, faculty emeritus at The Evergreen State College.
Jeff will highlight 9,000 years of Native peoples’ presence on the mountain, as well as the profound impacts of climate change to its ecosystems.
Jeff taught on western Washington Indian reservations for Evergreen for 10 years, and finished his career by teaching natural history and environmental education on Evergreen’s campus before retiring in 2015.
After being unable to find a current Mount Rainier natural history to read with his students, Jeff’s colleagues convinced him to write the book he had searched for. After 250 days of fieldwork, much of it in the company of the park’s archaeologists, biologists and geologists, Tahoma and Its People brings forward a natural history that spans earth and life sciences and the presence of people on the land over the ages.
Join Jeff as he shares dozens of images to tell two of Tahoma’s most compelling stories: That Native People have traveled to Mount Rainier for over 9,000 years, and that the effects of climate change extend far beyond the retreating glaciers.