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Bush Park and Camas

I grew up in and around Salem, and never thought of the city as a place where native culture still exists. Some years ago I discovered that camas still exists inside the city limits at various parks and open spaces. For a few years now I have been visiting the […]

Chifin Kalapuya Village

Before settlers to Oregon, before the imposition of the names of Springfield and Eugene on the land, there were native villages named by the Kalapuya peoples. Nearly all of these villages began with the syllable Cha- or Tsa-  and where spread throughout the Willamette valley. The name Chifin (Chafin, Chiffin) […]

RG75 M234 Now Discovered ONLINE!

RG75 M2, M234 Yes these are historian-archival resources that many of us in the research business know as the source for much of the information about Indian Affairs in the 19th century. If you don’t know what I am talking about, I envy your ignorance, as there must be a […]

On a Whim, Upper Table Rock

Down in Southwestern Oregon, along the Rogue River are not just one Table Rock, but two. They are Upper and Lower Table Rocks, horseshoe shaped buttes that were part of the Table Rock Reservation. We have spent quite of bit of time with Lower Table Rock as this butte was […]

200+ People Changed by History

Last Night I presented before some 200+ people at the Kennedy School in Portland. The presentation was well received. Some very good questions, the normal comments of surprise and shock at some of the numbers I was presenting about what happened to Native peoples in the past 200 years. The […]