September 30, 2021
Writers Live: Jeff Antonelis-Lapp author of "Tahoma and Its People"
Thursday, September 30, 2021
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Did you know that Native Americans have traveled to Mount Rainier for over 9,000 years to gather resources unavailable near their lowland villages? Did you know that the effects of climate change extend far beyond the mountain’s retreating glaciers? Join Jeff Antonelis-Lapp, Emeritus Faculty at The Evergreen State College, for Tahoma’s Biggest Stories, an image-rich book talk from "Tahoma and Its People", his natural history of Mount Rainier National Park. Published in 2020 by Washington State University Press, "Tahoma and Its People" was a finalist in the Banff Mountain Book Competition. Learn more at https://jeffantonelis-lapp.com.
After graduating from Huxley College/Western Washington University in 1978, Jeff Antonelis-Lapp worked two summers at Mount Rainier National Park, igniting a connection to the mountain that endures today. He has summited the mountain, hiked all of its mapped trails, and completed the 93-mile Wonderland Trail five times.
Jeff began writing Tahoma and Its People after being unable to find a current natural history for a course he planned to teach at The Evergreen State College in Olympia. He conducted over 250 days of fieldwork for the book, many of them in the company of park archaeologists, biologists, and geologists. While at Evergreen, he taught Native American Studies, natural history, environmental education, and served as the Library Dean before retiring in 2015.
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