This IS Kalapuyan Land

Learning Materials

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the museum’s prior exhibit on Kalapuyan peoples, curated contemporary Native artwork into the exhibition, and added historical content from David G. Lewis, Phd, who is a preeminent scholar on Western Oregon tribes.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.

How to Use these Materials

This IS Kalapuyan Land learning materials are offered in a Visual Edition and in a Text-Based Edition. Depending on your learners’ needs, you may choose to use one or the other, or offer both as a choice. The Visual Edition and Text-Based Edition contain the same main content for each section, but have a different layout and structure for learner’s responses. The Visual Edition is loosely recommended for grades 3-6, while the Text-Based Edition is recommended for grades 7 and up, including adults. All materials consist of worksheets that are ready to be handed directly to learners of all ages. Depending on your learners, they may be self-guided or need to be adult-guided.

Sample Visual Edition: Kalapuyan Lifeways

Sample Text-Based Edition: Kalapuyan Lifeways

Outline of Materials

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

Additional Resources

Based on early feedback from educators, we are creating a set of educator’s notes to accompany the materials with suggestions for teaching strategies and sensitivities, and recommendations of picture and chapter books that extend conversations beyond our learning materials. Coming soon!

We welcome feedback and will take it into account for future revisions. We are working on adaptation to Seesaw and translation into Spanish, but do not anticipate those being ready in the 2021-22 school year.

We also welcome questions from both educators and students; you are welcome to collate student questions and send them to us for a response. Please send all feedback and questions to Note that responses may take a few days.

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