James B. Castles Fellowship was created to encourage original scholarly research that contributes to public understanding of the history of the Columbia River Basin. The $3,000 Fellowship is open to graduate students, professional historians and independent scholars. Applicants are evaluated both on their research skills in using archival materials and on the ways in which their topic contributes to public understanding of the history of the Columbia River Basin.
Andrew Fisher will use the funds to research his project, "Shadows on the Water: The Making of Columbia River Indian Identity," a case study of ethnogensis within off-reservation Native American communities along the Middle Columbia River between 1855 and 1985. His research, including oral history interviews and archival work, will take him to repositories and tribal communities throughout the Northwest.
Castles Fellows will be in residence at the Center for Columbia River History in Portland, Oregon/Vancouver, Washington for four weeks during the granting year (June 1, 2005-August 31, 2006). They will deliver a public talk on their research topic and submit an article for possible publication in a regional journal such as the Oregon Historical Quarterly, Pacific Historical Review, Pacific Northwest Quarterly or Columbia Magazine. In addition, they will submit a written report on their research for the CCRH archives.