Martien presents ‘The Price of a Life’ on Saturday

: Jerry Martien’s new book, “The Price of a Life.” Photo by: Jerry Martien

: Jerry Martien’s new book, “The Price of a Life.”
Photo by: Jerry Martien

Humboldt County Historical Society

EUREKA – Local author Jerry Martien presents “The Price of a Life” at the Humboldt County Historical Society program meeting on Saturday, November 5 at 1:00 p.m., in the first-floor conference room of the Humboldt County Library, 1313 Third Street, Eureka. Admission is free and everyone is invited.

Jerry Martien’s new book, “The Price of a Life,” tells the story of money in our region, from the exchange of dentalium shells among local tribes, to the gold and timber economies, and on to the arrival the cannabis economy.

The book, produced in a limited edition for a local audience, is intended to show how each of these economies continues to influence our beliefs and actions. The title refers to the blood-price, which is the origin of money and the subject of Martien’s earlier book “Shell Game: A True Account of Beads and Money in North America.” But it also refers to the loss of life that accompanied the “invasions” of the new gold and timber economies, and which continues in the violence that has come with the new green rush.

The product of four decades of research and reporting, and ascribed to a pseudonymous Dr. Loon, “The Price of a Life” is also a very personal story. Martien shares many remembrances, including a night spent at a Yurok brush dance, a day at the Denny Miners Association picnic, tales from his work as a carpenter and forest activist, and also from his longtime work in the cannabis business.

Join Jerry Martien for a historical voyage into the realm of local commerce. For more information please contact the Humboldt County Historical Society at 445-4342, or visit http://www.humboldthistory.org/

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