A Final Year in Our Traditional Homelands: The Ten Temporary Reservations

Over the past few months, I have been writing articles about the temporary reservations in the Willamette Valley. From March 1855 to January 1856 these reservations existed in the valley and the Kalapuya and Molalla Indians lived within their boundaries. Farmers took contracts to supervise the tribes. American settlers did not want to live next … More A Final Year in Our Traditional Homelands: The Ten Temporary Reservations

Narratives of Indians from Oregon’s Pioneering Days

In the first one hundred years of history writing about Oregon, there occurred something remarkable. Many writers adopted a romantic historical writing style that aggrandized the role of the pioneer, the missions of the churches, and the benefits of the colonization which took place. Many of these history scholars and writers were the direct descendants … More Narratives of Indians from Oregon’s Pioneering Days

Outside the Ethnographic Box: Native Trade Networks

Its important for people today to understand how extensively the tribes in the region traded and traveled. Native peoples generally traveled in annual routes about their homelands and traveled river highways, and overland trails to far away tribes to form partnerships, arrange marriages and access resources they did not have in their region. First, its … More Outside the Ethnographic Box: Native Trade Networks