Through Narcissa Whitman’s story, this Pacific Northwest author asks herself what it means to be a ‘woman of the West’

Narcissa Whitman
Dr. Whitman was affected strongly by the Indians’ search for religion. In 1835 he joined a party which ascended the Missouri River into the Rocky Mountains. He returned with two Indian youths, to urge increased missionary efforts.

Narcissa Prentiss Whitman was one of the first white women to cross the Rocky Mountains, and later became one of 13 people killed in the Whitman Massacre. In "I Am a Stranger Here Myself," Debra Gwartney examines the Pacific Northwest's complicated history.

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