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Native History Conference in Riverside

UC Riverside Hosts 2004 Annual Conference of American Society for Ethnohistory Nov. 5 through 8

Downtown Riverside will be Center of Activity for Scholars who Study Native Peoples of the New World

(October 31, 2003)

This image, part of the Costo Collection, is one of a number<br />
of photographs found in a cigar box after Jeannette Costo<br />
passed away. There are no captions for the photos, but they<br />
are probably from the Anza-Hemet-San Jacinto area where Rupert<br />
Costo grew up.

This image, part of the Costo Collection, is one of a number
of photographs found in a cigar box after Jeannette Costo
passed away. There are no captions for the photos, but they
are probably from the Anza-Hemet-San Jacinto area where Rupert
Costo grew up.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- Scholars from all over North America who study the native peoples of the new world will gather for a four-day conference in Riverside Wednesday, November 5 through Saturday, Nov. 8, hosted by the University of California Riverside.

The 2003 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Ethnohistory, organized this year by UC Riverside Professor Rebecca “Monte” Kugel, will be at the Marriott Hotel, 3400 Market Street, Riverside. Scholars, tribal leaders and others will talk about such subjects as Native American imagery in film, health issues, religious traditions and the forced migrations of various tribes throughout history. The meeting will also include a tour of the Costo Collection at the UC Riverside library, which includes a wide variety of written material, recordings of native songs, baskets and other items donated by Rupert and Jeannette Henry Costo.

“Hosting the conference of the oldest professional organization devoted to the native peoples of the new world is an honor for our campus,” said Prof. Kugel, who has been working for months to make arrangements. “It recognizes the fact that we are doing exciting things, such as our work with local tribes, our native studies degree programs and the opening of the Center for California Native Nations. We are an up-and-coming force in the field of native studies. Hosting the conference also gives us a chance to specifically showcase Southern California native peoples.”

Some representative topics of papers include:
• Childhood Indians: The Role of Native Americans in Film and Television in Sustaining the White Conscience
• Angels or Assimilationists: Field Nurses Among Southern California Indians
• Cherokee Spirituality
• Changing Views of Cancer: Three Decades of Native California Perspectives
• Designed for Healthy Students: Planning Sherman Institute
A complete listing of the schedule is available on the Web at

The American Society for Ethnohistory ( was founded in 1954 to promote the interdisciplinary investigation of the histories of the Native Peoples of the Americas. The Society is the preeminent international organization in the field and sponsors the journal Ethnohistory. In membership and purpose, it represents the interests of communities as well as academics from a variety of disciplines - cultural anthropology, history, American Indian studies, archaeology, ecology, linguistics, and other related disciplines. The unifying factor is a commitment to the mission of our association - professionals from a variety of backgrounds who are helping to create a more inclusive picture of the histories of native groups in the Americas.

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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