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interestin history leads to workin Hugh Radde recalls visiting the Catalina Island Museum BY GAlL FORNASlERE For one Avalon resident, a child- hood interest in Catalina Island's first inhabitants led him to pursue archaeology as a career. His name is Hugh Radde. He grew up in Avalon. He visited the Catalina Island Museum as a child. Now he is working with a portion of the museum's permanent collection as part of a federally funded grant. The Catalina Island Museum recently sat down with Radde to discuss his role with the museum and his view on the importance of museums for education. Museum: What is your cur- rent role at the Catalina Island Museum? Radde: I was brought on by the museum in August of 2013 as a technician for a Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act grant, which works towards determining the cultural affiliation of the many burials and objects found within burials that are part of the per- manent collection of the Catalina Island Museum. Specifically, I am compiling information that physi- cal anthropologists will analyze to help make those determina- tions. Right now, I am scanning documents from past expeditions, such as Ralph Glidden's work in the 1920s and 1930s and more recent academic driven excava- tions that were associated with the University of California Los Angeles in the 1950s and 1970s. Museum: What is NAGPRA and what is it that the grant is working to achieve? Radde: In the 1990s, the fed- eral government passed the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) with the purpose of returning ancestral remains and artifacts to the prop- er tribe or community that they belong to. In order to repatriate them, we first have to determine who they belong to - are they the Tongva of Catalina Island, or the Chumash of San Miguel, etc. It is a long process, but it starts with determining the cultural affilia- tion of the remains and artifacts in the museum's collection. The end goal is repatriation. Museum: Since you grew up here and are now studying its Native Americans, can you give us a little background information > about your own history or,~ the Island? Radde: My family has a long history on the Island. My great grandparents moved here as fish- erman and also worked for the construction company the Wrigley family hired to help build some of the Island's roads. My grand- father, Bud Smith, was Avalon's mayor for some 18 years. My interest in the Island really stems from his love for it. With that said, I was lucky to have access tO the Island's interior, which sadly is not always available to everyone on the Island. I also got to experience the Island from the water with my grandfather on his boat. We were able to go up and down the coast and explore beaches that were only accessible by water. Museum: Do you think that sparked your interest in archaeol- ogy? Radde: I think it plays into my interest in Catalina archaeology. Because I grew up on the water and have always been fascinated by the ocean, I have been drawn to' these maritime people and mari- time cultures. The idea that they were able to live on this Island so efficiently for so long has always been interesting to me. Museum: Do you remember visiting the museum when you were growing up? Radde: I do have a vivid mem- ory of visiting the museum with my class and looking at black and white photographs of the switch- board ladies and the actual switch- board. My neighbor was Susie Harris and she was one of the ladies that would connect your call. I think I remember that so well because it was the first time I made the connection between a historic photograph and someone that I actually knew. I also recently found my third- grade notebook from Karen Hall's class. She always had her students put together a notebook with a collection of pamphlets and flyers from around town and tied that in with her lessons about Island his- tory. In the Indian chapter of my Catalina Island notebook I had written "the first people to live on this Island were Pimungans and they called the Island Pimu. They lived here for 8,000 years." I thought it was so cool that I really was studying Catalina archaeol- ogy even then! I am grateful that Ms. Hall and the museum always did their best to teach the true and most accurate story about the Island's Native Americans. SLANDER CROSSWORD Flu shots available at CIMC single best way to prevent the flu. If you have never had a flu shot, allow an additional 15-20 minutes after receiving the vaccine to be monitored. Your flu shot cost may be covered under Medicare or the Vaccines for Children Program. The Center for Disease Control recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older. The seasonal flu vaccine is designed to protect against the main flu viruses that will cause the most illness during the upcom- ing flu season. If you catch the flu, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading flu to others. The influenza vaccine will be available at Catalina Island Medical Center in December. An outdoor clinic in front of the Medical Group Office at 100 Falls Canyon Road will serve patients wanting flu shots on Thursday, Dec. 4, from 9-11 a.m. and 2-5 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 5 from 8-10 a.m 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. and 3-5 p.m Thursday, Dec. 11 from 9-11 a.m. and 3-5 p.m. or Friday, Dec. 12 from 8-11 a.m. and 2-5 p.m No appointments are necessary. The cost is $25. It only takes a few minutes (you don't even have to get out of your golf cart--a nurse can come to you). Getting the flu vaccine is the Mu eum: What do you feel is the role of the museum in telling thispart of the Island's history? Radde: As the repository for the largest Tongva collection of artifacls, the museum is in a unique position to tell a really great stor" related to the people who once ived here. Museums are incrediblymportant for education. Island restents and visitors can learn abot the life of the Native American:through exhibitions at the Catalia Island Museum. In addion, researchers can use excavzion materials from the museum ollection to study what the NativeAmericans ate, or how they procred their food, or the tools they sed. It start a conversation about their way i life. Musem: What are your plans for the futre? My ulrnate goal is a PhD in anthroplogy and to become a professc. In the mean time, ! 2 on grant for Museum Hugh Radde is seen here assisting a student at an excavation sight. Radde is currently working on federal grant for the Catalina Island Museum. Courtesy photo I'd like to continue working on Catalina with the museum and with the Pimu Catalina Island Archaeology Project. Radde, along with other techni- cians and experts, are expected to complete the requirements of the grant by August 2015. 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