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Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD

PhD Anthropology (UO 2009) and Native history researcher. Member of the Grand Ronde Tribe, Takelma, Chinook, Molalla, and Santiam Kalapuya ancestry. Owner of Ethnohistory Research LCC, professional consultant and project researcher.

I teach at local universities and colleges and take contracts with tribes, local governments and nonprofits. I have experience in archival organization, museum development, exhibit curation, traditional cultural property nomination, tribal ethnohistoric research, tribal maps, traditional ecological knowledge, and presentations to large and small gatherings. Contact me for consultation about any of these projects.

Frog is in the Moon: Takelma Stories

Stories from the Takelma people are great information about how people thought about their world. This is important to me because I have direct ancestry with Takelma and Cow Creek Umpqua peoples. I have spent a good number of years looking at the Kalapuya tribes and found out so much […]

Cattle-Headed People and Round-heads

I am not a linguist, but have a lot of experience researching and using native languages especially Chinuk Wawa, Kalapuyan, and Athapaskan languages. In recent research, I found in the John P. Harrington microfilms (reel 28) a word for the Kalapuyans that appears to originate from the Takelmans. The research […]

Myths of the Wandering Indians

From at least the 18th century and afterward, for much of the writing about Native peoples, we are written about as being wandering peoples. Explorers, settlers, fur traders all write about us, our tribal ancestors, as wandering the landscape as if we had no notion of living in one place. […]

Rogue River Peoples, Oregon

On a bright summer day I was visiting the Rogue River Valley and stopped at upper Table Rock. I knew about the trail to the top and park and took that trail. I felt many things about that place, I am a descendant of the Takelma peoples, sometimes called Rogue […]