Oregon Coast Native Exhibit in Three Places
(Lincoln City, Oregon) - "Oregon Is Indian Country," an exhibit from the Oregon Historical Society, will open at three county sites June 6 and continue through the month.
Each site will host one part of the story of the nine federally recognized tribes of Oregon. "The Land" will be at the Siletz Public Library at 255 S. Gaither in Siletz. “Federal Indian Policies” will be at the Lincoln City Cultural Center at 540 NE Hwy. 101 in Lincoln City. “Traditions that Bind” will be at the Log Cabin Museum of the Lincoln County Historical Society at 545 SW Ninth St. in Newport.
“Oregon Is Indian Country” is a groundbreaking project that brought together all nine tribes to create an exhibit on contemporary indigenous cultures never before assembled in one presentation. In this exhibit, Oregon's Indian traditions are shared utilizing many art forms including native voices, historical objects, and photographs in the three categories identified.
“The Land” examines the ways the physical environment has and continues to influence tribal cultures. It looks at uses of natural resources and the enduring ties that tribes have with the land.
“Federal Indian Policies” explores polices that changed lives since the first official exploration by the U.S. government into the territory by Lewis and Clark in 1805. This section helps the public to understand better the complexities of current issues affecting Indian country through an examination of significant historical events and policies such as sovereignty, treaties, the reservations system, termination, and restoration.
“Traditions that Bind” investigates the rich cultural heritage of Oregon’s tribes, including their oral traditions, material culture, art, and traditional ways of life. Many American Indian traditions are experiencing a revival via the traditional passage from one generation to the next as well as through research of oral recordings and historic documents. This section highlights ceremony and tradition, language, and how traditions are important in the survival of people and their cultures.
The exhibit is a direct result of the Oregon Tribes Project, a multi-year collaboration between the Oregon Historical Society's Folklife Program and Oregon¹s nine tribes. Tribal members documented their traditions and worked with OHS staff to create the exhibition.
Support for this exhibit is provided by Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation; Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund and the Siletz Tribal Council; Spirit Mountain Community Fund; Wildhorse Foundation; Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act administered by the Oregon State Library National Endowment for the Arts; Oregon Arts Commission; Oregon Heritage Commission; Collins Foundation; Jackson Foundation; PGE Foundation; and Oregon Council for the Humanities.
For more information, contact the Siletz Public Library at 541-444-2855, the Lincoln City Cultural Center at 994-9994, or the Lincoln County Historical Society at 541-265-7509.
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