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Cultural and Ethnic Studies

Black and white photo of Sam Morris of the Nez Perce Tribe
Spring 2022

Nez Perce music today and yesterday

Listen to Nimíipuu (Nez Perce) music from the past and today, starting with early recordings in 1897 and up to contemporary songs from the Washington State University recording studio.

 

The Sam Morris Collection (Courtesy Tabitha Erdey, Cultural Resources Program Manager, Nez Perce National Historic Park and Research Center)

Book cover of A Legacy from Sam Morris and two music CDs

This two-CD set was produced by Loran Olsen, WSU professor emeritus of music and Native American studies.

Olsen worked with the Nez Perce community for several decades and set up the Nez Perce … » More …

Enrique Cerna with headphones and microphone
Fall 2021

Enrique Cerna: Outtakes

Enrique Cerna (’75 Comm.), longtime broadcast journalist and now podcaster, reflects on his personal history, career, race, and podcasting.

Read more about Cerna’s latest podcast, Chino y Chicano.

 

Family history

“My grandfather on my dad’s side had to flee Mexico. He was a landowner during the revolution. My grandmother had twenty kids. Fifteen made it to adulthood. My father went back to Mexico, and that’s where he met my mom. I’m the youngest of five that lived. We lost one sister who died in Mexico at a year old.”

Reunions

“We have a family reunion the second Saturday of every July. We’ve … » More …