Chag Lowry: Soldiers Unknown
Friday, October 18 at 7 p.m., we welcome back author Chag Lowry for a presentation of his new graphic novel in collaboration with Rahsan Ekedal, Soldiers Unknown.
The Klamath River, 1918. The native Yurok people of Northern California have been untouched by the savage world war raging in Europe — until now. Three cousins are called to serve a nation that has given little but cruelty to their people. Thrust into battle on the Western Front, these young men struggle to preserve their humanity while facing the unspeakable horrors of the greatest military conflict ever known.
Soldiers Unknown is a story over 100 years in the making. According to author Chag Lowry, “The fears, sacrifices, and histories of soldiers are at once complicated and captivating—being thrust into battle so far from home is difficult, but sometimes the return home can be even more challenging.” Based on true narratives, Lowry depicts the traumas of war, the return home, and the ability to heal oneself through ceremony.
Chag Lowry is of Yurok, Maidu, and Achumawi Native American ancestry. His previous written work includes The Original Patriots: Northern California Indian Veterans of World War Two, and he has both produced and directed numerous PBS programs on Native American veterans.