Astoria, OR – September 22nd – Clatsop Community College invites the public to view a special exhibit of Oregon’s Native American heritage, Oregon Is Indian Country, which is open now and will continue showing throughout the month of October in CCC’s newly renovated Towler Hall 3rd Floor Commons and Columbia Hall Commons.
Oregon Is Indian Country represents a groundbreaking project bringing all nine Oregon tribes together to present information on contemporary indigenous cultures never-before-assembled in one exhibit. Oregon’s Indian traditions are inherent in the art forms incorporated in this powerful exhibition, including native voices, historical artifacts, photographs and more.
The exhibit is a direct result of the Oregon Tribes Project, a multi-year collaboration between the Oregon Historical Society’s Folklife Program and Oregon’s nine federally recognized tribes. Tribal members documented their contemporary traditions and worked with Society staff to plan a series of heritage resources to be used to teach about tribal histories and cultures.
Oregon Tribes utilizes native voices, traditions, and art forms, as well as historic artifacts and photographs to produce an exhibition, educational materials, and public programs to educate people about Oregon’s contemporary tribes. Antone Minthorn, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservations says, “We have survived the tidal wave of immigration to our country. The American public needs to hear these stories of survival. This place, the United States of America, is our home, but we all have a voice in shaping a legacy for our children.”
Support for this exhibit is generously provided by the following organizations:
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.
Clatsop Community College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. Towler and Columbia Halls are ADA accessible and are open M-Th 7-9 and Friday 7-5.