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The Upper Umpqua and Yoncalla are Removed to the Umpqua Reservation

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , August 6th, 2022


A subject which has had little clarity in the past is when were the Umpqua and Southern Kalapuya, the Yoncallas, resettled to the Umpqua Reservation at Coles Valley….


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Camas and Micro-seasonality at Minto-Brown Park

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , June 5th, 2022


We all are aware of the annual seasons, winter, spring, summer, and fall, but in the growing cycle of the plants of the Willamette Valley there are micro-seasons…


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Seasonal Wetlands and Minto-Brown Island Park

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , May 23rd, 2022


It seems important to tribes that if they are truly to become restored, and decolonized, they need to be culturally restored by helping to decolonize their lands and…


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The Southern Exploring Expedition and The Kalapuyans

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , February 28th, 2022


The Charles Wilkes Exploring expedition came to Oregon in August 1841. The expedition split into two parts with some of the expedition venturing up the Columbia, and a…


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Draining Wapato Lake

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , December 24th, 2021


In Oregon, we have the well-known Wapato Lake, near Gaston. The lake originally was the center of seasonal activities of the Tualatin Kalapuyans (Atfalati) who lived near and…


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Draining Lake Labish

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , December 19th, 2021


In 1981 I took a job weeding onion fields out Hazelgreen Road on the outskirts of Salem, Oregon, as one of my first jobs. In the summer after…


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Native Salem exhibit opens to the Public November 12th 2021

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , November 7th, 2021


This summer I was approached by the Bush Art Museum to do something for Native American month. Over the period of several months discussion we centered the exhibit…


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Santiam Forks Band of Molalla

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , October 17th, 2021


The Santiam Forks Band of Molalla is not as well known as the Northern Molalla. We have had a few stories and while there is some information in…


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Palmer’s Ledger of Vouchers for the Willamette Valley Treaty

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , August 30th, 2021


In Record Group 75 (Bureau of Indian Affairs) microfilm are many millions of records of the tribes as they were being managed by federal Indian agents. The M234…


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After Halting Native Burning, Came Grasshoppers

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , August 23rd, 2021


Barely ten years following the stopping of tribes setting fires in the Willamette and Umpqua valleys, signs of the change visited the settlers. Settlers were visited with scourges…


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Champinefu Temporary Reservation at Corvallis

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , August 4th, 2021


In March 1855 there was formed a temporary reservation for Champinefu Kalapuyans at Corvallis. This was one of over a dozen such temporary reservations, sometimes called encampments for…


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Grand Ronde Chiefs Statements About Agriculture, 1862

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , July 12th, 2021


An investigation at Grand Ronde and the agent precipitated this meeting of the chiefs. The Indian Agent was asking for them to produce their own food and was…


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Yamhill Dogs Chase Comegys’ Hogs

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , July 12th, 2021


A letter was delivered in person to Joel Palmer, Indian Superintendent of Oregon, in 1855 of a complaint of Jacob Comegys about his pigs being chased and killed…


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A Petition to Change the Name of Lane County

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , June 26th, 2020


  In this new period of “wokeness” there are calls for the elimination of racist names and statues from our institutions. Christopher Columbus statues have been torn from…


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An Early Account of Native People Near Falls City

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , April 24th, 2020


Each archive I enter I find new information about the native peoples of that county. Generally, the stories are of early encounters with a few native people, experiences…


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Agent of Rebirth, Kalapuyan Culture in Linn County

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , April 23rd, 2020


The Kalapuyans, for their part, accepted the settlement of the whites at first, as they saw the great wealth in new things brought to them, metals, fabrics, weapons,…


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Soc-te-la Chief of the Luckimute Kalapuya People

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , March 24th, 2020


The following section of a letter to General Joel Palmer details that at least one chief Soc-te-la knew they were to remove and was working to gather his…


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Chelamela and Chemapho of the Long Tom Watershed

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , January 14th, 2020


Chelamela and Chemapho Kalapuyans The Long Tom Watershed was the original homeland to two major tribes of Kalapuyan Indians, the Chelamela and Chemapho tribes. The Chelamela occupied the…


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Modeste Demers Ethnographic Descriptions of the Tribes, 1839

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , January 2nd, 2020


Modeste Demers was assigned with the Oregon Territory, in 1837, at the same time as Francois Norbert Blanchet and they traveled together overland to their assignment in canoes…


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The Trials of Tom Gilbert, Convicted of Murdering Wapato Dave and Wife.

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , August 27th, 2019


On about December 8th 1882, Tom Gilbert, a native man enrolled in the Grand Ronde tribe allegedly murdered Wapato Dave and his wife on their allotment on the…


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Selquia’s Charges Against Indian Agent McClane At Grand Ronde

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , August 24th, 2019


  Some letters from the Natives at Grand Ronde are remarkable in the details they reveal of how the people are being treated by the Indian Agents. Shilequa’s…


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Eliza Young: Brownsville Basketweaver

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , June 9th, 2019


  Eliza Young (Indian Eliza, Liza), was a native of the Mohawk Valley. The Mohawk Indians, were originally called the Peyu (Pee-you, Pe-u) Kalapuyans and were re-named by…


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Timeline of Treaties and Removals in Western Oregon

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , February 24th, 2019


1850 June, the First treaty in the North West Coast and West Coast, a Treaty of Peace negotiated with General Joseph Lane and the Takelma- Rogue River Tribes…


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Methodists in Oregon

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , December 26th, 2018


Reverend Jason Lee established the first Methodist Mission near Champoeg in 1835. By 1839 the mission had been damaged by flood waters and Lee established another farm and school…


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