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Oregon Trail of Tears and Other Hidden Native Histories
Washington County Museum
Portland, OR
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Oregon Trail of Tears and Other Hidden Native Histories
Saturday, October 5th, 2019 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

At Washington County Museum: 17677 NW Springville Road Portland, OR 97229 (on the PCC Rock Creek campus)

Washington County Museum invites you to a Local Story event with David G. Lewis, PhD. Lewis is an esteemed author, Native American historian, ethnohistory consultant, anthropologist, teacher, and a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.

Lewis and Stephanie Littlebird Fogel, guest curator of the museums latest exhibit This IS Kalapuyan Land, will discuss Indigenous representation in museums and the Oregon history that is often left out: the creation of reservations, the residential school system, termination, and restoration of Indigenous sovereignity. This traumatic period from the 1850s-1970s was neglected on our museum's own original panels before Fogel addressed them. Lewis will share his research on the impact of these policies then and now and how people and institutions can address truth and healing today.

The museums Local Story series shares the stories of people who contribute to the living history of this region. Each presenter selects a venue which brings another layer of meaning to their message; Lewis Local Story will take place at the museum in conjunction with the current exhibit, This IS Kalapuyan Land, which he contributed to. The new exhibit re-tools the museums cornerstone historical display, called This Kalapuya Land, which was created over a decade ago. As viewers move through the space, they will encounter hand-written edits and annotations made by Littlebird Fogel to highlight errors, update language, and note important passages in the original content. The exhibit questions what information is presented as fact and how the museum context shapes what the audience learns. Ultimately, I want to challenge the way we recall our shared histories, states Littlebird Fogel, and examine how biased narratives can be perpetuated through archeology and academic institutions like museums and universities. Fogel also brought in contemporary artworks by 17 Native artists in order to tell the stories of Indigenous descendants who are contributing to cultural survivance today.

This special conversation will be a chance to learn more about essential local history and culture on an intimate scale with some open discussion time at the end.

Refreshments will be available.

$8 - museum members
$15 - non-members

Painting by Don Bailey (c) and presented by Washington County Museum.


Washington County Museum (View)
17677 NW Springville Rd - PCC Rock Creek campus
Portland, OR 97229
United States


Arts > Visual

Minimum Age: 0
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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