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Visiting: Oregon is Indian Country until Jan. 31
Visiting: Oregon is Indian Country until Jan. 31

Thu, Dec 01


Heritage Museum

Visiting: Oregon is Indian Country until Jan. 31

Oregon Is Indian Country shares the history and culture of the Nine Federally Recognized Tribes of Oregon.

Time & Location

Dec 01, 2022, 10:00 AM – Jan 28, 2023, 4:00 PM

Heritage Museum, 281 S 2nd St, Independence, OR 97351, USA

About the Event

First exhibited in 2009 at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland, Oregon Is Indian Country represents a groundbreaking project that brought together all nine federally recognized Oregon Tribes to present information, never-before-assembled in one exhibit, on contemporary indigenous cultures. 

Indian agent Heinlein issues blankets, tents, and clothing to the Paiutes in exchange for their land. The exhibit is a direct result of the Oregon Tribes Project, a multi-year collaboration between the Oregon Historical Society's former Folklife Program and Oregon's nine federally recognized Tribes. 

The Land examines the ways the physical environment has and continues to influence tribal cultures, the importance of natural resources, and the enduring ties that tribes have with the land. 

Federal Indian Policies explores policies that changed lives since the first official exploration by the U.S. government into the territory by Lewis & Clark in 1805. This section helps the public to better understand 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 lifeways. 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.

This exhibit is sponsored 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 › Oregon Historical Society › Collins Foundation › Jackson Foundation › PGE Foundation

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