Center of Southwest Studies winding up ‘Women in the Southwest’

Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 6:04 PM

The Journal

The Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College concludes its summer lecture series based on the theme “Women in the Southwest” with a presentation by Harvey Leake on Aug. 22.

“Slim Woman: Louisa Wade Wetherill of Kayenta” is Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Center’s Lyceum Room No. 120.

From 1906 to 1944, Louisa Wade Wetherill and her husband, John, made their home among the Navajos of the Monument Valley area. Louisa’s neighbors gave her the name Asthon Sosi, “The Slim Woman.”

During decades of mutual friendship, Louisa worked with the Navajos to preserve ancient insights learned from their elders, and her records provide a window into their approach to life.

Leake, a great-grandson of the Wetherills, has spent years researching the history of his pioneering ancestors in the Four Corners region. He curated an exhibit that is showing at the Edge of the Cedars Museum in Blanding titled “On the Gleaming Way: Slim Woman and the Kayenta Navajos.”

This lecture and parking are free.

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