The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center invites the public to view a special exhibit of Oregon's Native American heritage, Oregon Is Indian Country, showing March 8-29.
To kick off the exhibit opening a presentation, "Past, Present, and Future: Stories and Remembrances of Celilo Falls," is scheduled from 2-3:30 p.m., Sunday, March 8.
Presenters include: Sophie George, Ed Edmo, Evelyn Frank, Ada Frank, and Jeremy Five Crows. Light refreshments will be served.
Oregon Is Indian Country represents a groundbreaking project bringing all nine Oregon tribes together to present information never before assembled in one exhibit on contemporary indigenous cultures. Oregon's Indian traditions will be interpreted through many art forms including native voices, historical artifacts, photographs and more, producing a powerful exhibition.
The Discovery Center will display two of the three themed exhibits: "The Land" and "Federal Indian Policies." The Dalles-Wasco County Library will show the third exhibit, "Traditions that Bind."
Oregon Is Indian Country 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.
Antone Minthorn, chairman, Board of Trustees, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservations, said, "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.