Nichaqwali Watlala peoples at Blue Lake

The Nichaqwali people, a Cascades/Watlala Chinookan band, lived at the juncture of several cultural groups that lived in the larger region of the lower Columbia and who interacted along the Columbia River and at what is now called Blue Lake. The village itself sits within the territories of two major ethnographic tribes on the Columbia, … More Nichaqwali Watlala peoples at Blue Lake

American Mythic Origins, Thanksgiving, Mascots and the Oregon Trail

Over the last week I have taped at least two shows for the radio about my thoughts about Thanksgiving. Suddenly everyone wants to know what “Natives” think about this holiday. I think its a reaction to resent activities around Native American month and Indigenous People’s days. Indigenous people’s days have now become a big social … More American Mythic Origins, Thanksgiving, Mascots and the Oregon Trail

An Erasure of Native Presence

This past week the University of Oregon announced their new uniforms, based on the discovery and colonization of Oregon by Americans. UO athletics released their “Lewis and Clark” uniforms, as a collaborative project between NIKE, their manufacturer, and the UO Athletics Department. Tuesday, 10/6/2015, when the news about the uniforms was released, the Native alumni … More An Erasure of Native Presence

Change Comes to the Tillikum – The Lewis and Clark Expedition

Indigenous Cartography Tribal peoples had an encyclopedic knowledge of their land and that of the neighboring tribes who were their relatives and longtime trading partners. Some tribal people would travel very far from their home villages to trade for the choicest resources. Trading hubs like Celilo and Willamette Falls attracted tribes from far upriver enabling … More Change Comes to the Tillikum – The Lewis and Clark Expedition