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Susan Devan Harness

Fort Collins, Colorado Area
Susan Harness, author of BITTERROOT: A SALISH MEMOIR OF TRANSRACIAL ADOPTION, is a member of the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes, a cultural anthropologist, a writer, lecturer and oral historian. She received her B.A. from University of Montana, her M.A. in cultural anthropology from Colorado State University, and an M.A. in creative nonfiction writing also from Colorado State University. Her research of American Indian transracial adoptees provided an important perspective from which to view adoption, because it moved transracial adoption out of the realm of psychology and into the realm of cultural anthropology. "Adoptees are not the ones with identity crises," Harness says, "Society has the identity crises with us; they don't know how to label us or where to put us. What adoptees feel in our in-between-ness is the tension of that space." Harness's book MIXING CULTURAL IDENTITIES THROUGH TRANSRACIAL ADOPTION: OUTCOMES OF THE INDIAN ADOPTION PROJECT (1958-1967) contains the findings of her research, and has been published by Edwin Mellen Press. BITTERROOT was published by University of Nebraska Press and will be available October 1, 2018.

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Sunday, September 30

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