Tag: Molalla

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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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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Missing Pages: Additional Signatory Tribes to the Willamette Valley Treaty

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , May 25th, 2021


For more than 166 years the following pages were missing from the history and legal record of the Grand Ronde Tribe. It appears that sometime in early March…


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Horatio Hale’s Description of Oregon Tribes

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , March 13th, 2020


Horatio Hale has been the subject of much attention by me in recent months, in particular his Ethnology and Philology volume 6, United States Exploring Expedition, 1846. His…


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Ancient History of the Molala (La’tiwi)

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , February 25th, 2020


The Molala (Mollala, Molalla, Molele, La’tiwi) are a tribe of Western Oregon. They lived on the eastern periphery of the Willamette and Umpqua Valleys. There were at least…


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La’tiwi, Northern Molalla, Placenames and Housing notes

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , October 21st, 2019


Phillip Drucker’s field notes from the 1920s and 30s had him questioning many Native people from the region, from Grand Ronde and Siletz. Many of these people were…


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The 1855 Umpqua Reservation Census

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , December 14th, 2018


Some recent census research revealed a census I had not yet analyzed. Luckily, a brief search of my records found that I had previously collected the census, enabling…


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When the Southern Molallas Moved to the Umpqua Reservation

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , December 14th, 2018


In 1853, Joel Palmer Indian Superintendent for Oregon established the Umpqua Reservation in the inland Umpqua Valley. The  September 19, 1853 Treaty with the Cow Creek Band of…


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Traditional Sharing of the Cascades Range by Tribes

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , November 13th, 2018


The assignment by anthropologists, historians, and linguists of the whole of the Oregon Cascades to the Molalla peoples since 1846 (Hale 1846) needs to be critically rethought. I…


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Treaty with the Molala, Negotiated December 21, 1855, Ratified March 8, 1859

David G. Lewis' Ethnohistory Research, LLC , January 17th, 2018


The Treaty with the Molala is the last treaty negotiated for western Oregon. Joel Palmer heard late in 1855, in fact in October, that there was a tribe…


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The Willamette Valley Treaty (Treaty with the Kalapuya, Etc.) Signed January 22 & Ratified March 3, 1855

David G. Lewis' Ethnohistory Research, LLC , January 16th, 2018


The Willamette Valley Treaty was designed to remove the tribes from western Oregon, from lands desired by American settlers. When the treaty was finally signed, on January 22th,…


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The Battle of Abiqua, Second Battle of the Willamette Valley

David G. Lewis' Ethnohistory Research, LLC , December 30th, 2017


The Battle of Abiqua In February 1848, six months after the Whitman Massacre, the settlers in the Willamette valley were very tense, concerned that the tribes would gather…


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