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John Roskelley in conversation with Shawn Vestal

Undoubtably one of Spokane's most well known adventurer, John Roskelley's name is instantly recognizable as a mountaineer (K2 and Everest among his conquests) and photographer. Shawn Vestal leads the discussion on Roskelley's research for his new book, "Fancy Dancer and the Seven Drums." (release date Feb. 23, 2023)

A nine-year-old Nez Perce Fancy Shawl pow wow dancer, Beth Louie, is killed on the reservation by a hit-and-run drunk driver while walking home from the bus stop with her younger brother. Tire marks and boot tracks on the remote gravel road suggest to a Colville tribal member Ben Moses and his grandson, Alex, who find the two children, that the driver of a pick-up truck tampered with the scene and evidence, and hid the body. Tribal law enforcement and the FBI are stymied, but evidence points to a white cattle rancher from Omak as the prime suspect. In the prejudicial environment of the 1950s, will an all-white Spokane jury convict and send the killer to jail?


March 1, 2023, 7 p.m.
Spokane Public Library - Central
nxʷyxʷyetkʷ Hall (3rd Floor)
904 W Main Ave
Spokane WA 99201

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