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Irvin Shiosee: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project

Interviewee(s):
Shiosee, Irvin
Interviewer(s):
Castle, Elizabeth
Title:
Irvin Shiosee: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project
Abstract:
As a young boy during WWII, Irvin Shiosee moved to the Santa Fe Indian Village (also called the Richmond Indian Village) established in Richmond, California in the late 1920s. The Laguna Pueblo negotiated an agreement with the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Rail Road Company allowing them the access to lay tracks through their ancestral lands in exchange for jobs with the railroad. His grandfather and father worked for the railroad and he grew up in Richmond during the school year and traveled back to the reservation for the summer. Shiosee discusses his life as a young person experiencing a sometimes hostile new culture in the Bay Area and the public school system in Richmond in particular. He shares his memories of race relations, social life in the Bay Area as a teenager, and what it was like to arrive at school a fluent speaker of his own Native language, Keresan. He also talks about how easily he picked up the Japanese language because of its similarity to Keresan while serving in the military. He is now retired living at home on the Laguna Pueblo lands.
Subject area(s):
Community and Identity
Commerce, Industry, and Labor
Interview date(s):
2005
Project:
Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front
Oskicat record:
b10261016
Rights:
Shiosee, Irvin . "Irvin Shiosee: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project." Interview by Elizabeth Castle in 2005. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2007.