The NDNHISTORYRESEARCH Blog
is produced by David G. Lewis, PhD, as the sole researcher, writer, and image creator
For some years the blog was named “ndnhistory research” and I maintained that name even though it was cumbersome and somewhat academic and difficult to figure out for those uninitiated in the alternative “ndn” spelling of Native peoples. I have been searching for a logo/name/tribal cultural association which encapsulates the content and meaning of the journal. I recently read stories of Quartux, the Kalapuya wolf who had many adventures. I like the word, and the story of the wolves of our land has also been the story of the Native peoples, our cultures nearly destroyed, many attempts to exterminate us, and yet we return and survive despite the odds. In fact, in Oregon history there were the Wolf Meetings, of the early settlers who wrote laws of the Oregon Organic Acts to control and exterminate wolves as a predator, and later in the same meetings, the militias were created to control native peoples which led to attempts to exterminate many of our peoples too. So there are many connections here to the lives of native peoples that correspond to our brother and sister wolves who are also making a comeback.
I am an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and a descendant of the Santiam Kalapuya, Chinook, Molalla, Takelma, and Yoncalla Kalapuya peoples of western Oregon. I am a past manager of the Grand Ronde Cultural Resources Department, and past Tribal Museum Curator & Tribal Historian. I have a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Oregon, was Director of the Southwest Oregon Research Project, and served two terms as a commission member, and 2 years as the chair of the Oregon Heritage Commission. I now work as an educator, teaching in local universities, and recently landed at OSU in a full time job. My dissertation is “Termination of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde: History, Politics, Identity.” I currently live in Salem with wife Donna and sons Saghaley and Inatye.
I regularly create presentations for community groups, heritage organizations, and university classes. The majority of the presentations are about the tribes of western Oregon, and I can tailor make any presentation for any area and tribe in the region. There are many tribal regions in Oregon and I have studied a good number of them, including Willamette Valley, Umpqua Valley, Rogue River valley, Oregon Coast, Columbia River, Eastern Oregon, Klamath basin, and area of northern California (Tolowa mainly) and areas of southern Washington. Then, there are significant themes in the region that can be addressed; termination of the tribes, treaties, reservations, environmental change, ethnobotany, diseases, removals, volunteer militias, actions of Indian agents, genealogy, logging and agricultural farmworker traditions, and historiography in Oregon. I have written and published numerous articles about the history of the tribes of Oregon, and the surrounding area.
Contact Me (dgl.coyotez @ gmail.com) for a consultation about projects in anthropological & ethnohistorical research, writing, and editing. I have worked on projects for museums, historical societies, heritage organizations, and individuals interested in writing their family biography. Most recently he has worked on Traditional Cultural Property (TCP) nominations for the Coquille Indian Tribe, and Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw. I am a recognized professional in an archival organization, in anthropological, and historical research.
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