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Faith Traversie: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project

Interviewee(s):
Traversie, Faith
Interviewer(s):
Castle, Elizabeth
Title:
Faith Traversie: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project
Abstract:
Faith Traversie joined her sister Theodora Means in the Bay Area during World War II and went to work as a "Winnie the Welder" at the Mare Island Shipyard. After receiving superior marks in her qualifying tests, Traversie attended welding classes and did most of her work on heavy cruisers. Traversie, a Lakota from the Yankton Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota, fielded many curious questions about her identity as a Lakota woman during her two years at the shipyard. After returning to South Dakota where she and her husband Whitney "Jockey" Traversie become stalwart supporters of the American Indian Movement when it swept through the Dakotas in the 1970s. Her children and nephews were key organizers in the movement.
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:
b10261226
Rights:
Traversie, Faith . "Faith Traversie: 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.