This IS Kalapuyan Land

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This IS Kalapuyan Land opened in 2019 as a physical museum exhibition by Guest Curator Steph Littlebird Fogel (Grand Ronde, Kalapuya) and became an online exhibition in 2020. Fogel annotated panels from the museum’s prior exhibit on Kalapuyan peoples, curated contemporary Native artwork into the exhibition, and added historical content from David G. Lewis, Phd, who is a preeminent scholar on Western Oregon tribes. The exhibition prompts critical thinking around representation of Indigenous history and identity in non-Indigenous institutions.

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Introduction: Key Vocab & Meet Steph
  • Learn how to refer to Native peoples and to specific people’s tribal affiliations
  • Watch a short video of Steph Littlebird Fogel introducing the exhibition and the choices she made (Note: requires computer or smartphone to view video)
Tribes and Languages Map
  • Locate Kalapuyan land on the map
  • Consider the impact of place names in Indigenous languages
Art Analysis & Project: Angelica Trimble Yanu (Oglala Lakota)
  • Conduct a guided analysis of Angelica’s artwork The Sun Bathed Everything
  • Learn how land and language holds memories for Angelica as an Oglala Lakota artist
  • Create a swirled ring painting or a monotype print
Kalapuyan Lifeways
  • Identify how Kalapuyan lifeways relate to this region’s climate and plants
  • Find connections between Pacific Northwest tribes through trade
  • Stop false myths and recognize that Kalapuyan’s purposefully shaped the land through fire and harvesting
Art Analysis & Project: Derrick Lawvor (Modoc)
  • Conduct a guided analysis of Derrick’s artwork S.O.S.
  • Learn how salmon and traditions impact Derrick’s family as a Modoc artist
  • Create a seasonal round diagram or a paper-mache bone
Broken Treaties
  • Compare Native and settler perspectives on the arrival of settlers to Oregon
  • Follow Grand Ronde’s course of treaty making and breaking from reservations to termination and restoration
  • Discuss reasons for the current Land Back movement
Art Analysis & Project: Phillip Thomas (Chickasaw)
  • Conduct a guided analysis of Phillip’s artwork Floating Loksi’
  • Learn about the significance of turtles and forced removal on Phillip’s tribe as a Chickasaw artist
  • Create a drawing of an imagined traveling home
Family Separation
  • Recognize the ways that Native boarding schools forced Native children to assimilate
  • See how Native kids carry on culture today
  • Notice the emotions of Native kids at boarding school and your own response to this painful subject
Art Analysis & Project: Carol Haskins (Grand Ronde)
  • Conduct a guided analysis of Carol’s artwork Beaded Yoke
  • Learn how beading celebrates and carries on culture in Carol’s role as a Grand Ronde artist and teacher
  • Create a symbolic gift of care for an important person in your life