Free lecture May 31 at Ft. Vancouver: Native American identity

The public is invited to attend a free lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Visitor Center for Dennis Torresdal‘s presentation, “Ishi, His Time, Place, Tools and Interactions,” about the last surviving member of the Yahi tribe. Torresdal, a retired science teacher who volunteers his time analyzing artifacts and working in the blacksmith shop at Fort Vancouver, is president of the Oregon Archaeological Society. He has studied and practiced primitive technology skills since the 1970s and has traveled extensively through the area where Ishi lived. Last year, he was the keynote speaker at the tenth annual Ishi Gathering. The Visitor Center is located at 1501 Evergreen St., Vancouver. The gift shop and bookstore will also be open during the evening.