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The People Are Dancing Again

Author : Charles Wilkinson
ISBN : 9780295802015
Genre : History
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The history of the Siletz is in many ways the history of all Indian tribes in America: a story of heartache, perseverance, survival, and revival. It began in a resource-rich homeland thousands of years ago and today finds a vibrant, modern community with a deeply held commitment to tradition. The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians�twenty-seven tribes speaking at least ten languages�were brought together on the Oregon Coast through treaties with the federal government in 1853�55. For decades after, the Siletz people lost many traditional customs, saw their languages almost wiped out, and experienced poverty, killing diseases, and humiliation. Again and again, the federal government took great chunks of the magnificent, timber-rich tribal homeland, a reservation of 1.1 million acres reaching a full 100 miles north to south on the Oregon Coast. By 1956, the tribe had been �terminated� under the Western Oregon Indian Termination Act, selling off the remaining land, cutting off federal health and education benefits, and denying tribal status. Poverty worsened, and the sense of cultural loss deepened. The Siletz people refused to give in. In 1977, after years of work and appeals to Congress, they became the second tribe in the nation to have its federal status, its treaty rights, and its sovereignty restored. Hand-in-glove with this federal recognition of the tribe has come a recovery of some land--several hundred acres near Siletz and 9,000 acres of forest--and a profound cultural revival. This remarkable account, written by one of the nation�s most respected experts in tribal law and history, is rich in Indian voices and grounded in extensive research that includes oral tradition and personal interviews. It is a book that not only provides a deep and beautifully written account of the history of the Siletz, but reaches beyond region and tribe to tell a story that will inform the way all of us think about the past. Watch the book trailer:
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The Indians Of Western Oregon

Author : Stephen Dow Beckham
ISBN : 0930998030
Genre : Indians of North America
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Oregon And The Collapse Of Illahee

Author : Gray H. Whaley
ISBN : 0807898317
Genre : History
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Modern western Oregon was a crucial site of imperial competition in North America during the formative decades of the United States. In this book, Gray Whaley examines relations among newcomers and between newcomers and Native peoples--focusing on political sovereignty, religion, trade, sexuality, and the land--from initial encounters to Oregon's statehood. He emphasizes Native perspectives, using the Chinook word Illahee (homeland) to refer to the indigenous world he examines. Whaley argues that the process of Oregon's founding is best understood as a contest between the British Empire and a nascent American one, with Oregon's Native people and their lands at the heart of the conflict. He identifies race, republicanism, liberal economics, and violence as the key ideological and practical components of American settler-colonialism. Native peoples faced capriciousness, demographic collapse, and attempted genocide, but they fought to preserve Illahee even as external forces caused the collapse of their world. Whaley's analysis compellingly challenges standard accounts of the quintessential antebellum "Promised Land."
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The Indians Of Western Oregon

Author : Stephen Dow Beckham
ISBN : 0930998030
Genre : Indians of North America
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Requiem For A People

Author : Stephen Dow Beckham
ISBN : PSU:000025839937
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A classic history of south-western Oregon's Rogue River Indian wars. Beckham strives to relate the Indian view of this tragic history, while identifying the cultural and ecological consequences of white settlement and mining.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Shadow Tribe

Author : Andrew H. Fisher
ISBN : 9780295801971
Genre : History
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Shadow Tribe offers the first in-depth history of the Pacific Northwest�s Columbia River Indians -- the defiant River People whose ancestors refused to settle on the reservations established for them in central Oregon and Washington. Largely overlooked in traditional accounts of tribal dispossession and confinement, their story illuminates the persistence of off-reservation Native communities and the fluidity of their identities over time. Cast in the imperfect light of federal policy and dimly perceived by non-Indian eyes, the flickering presence of the Columbia River Indians has followed the treaty tribes down the difficult path marked out by the forces of American colonization. Based on more than a decade of archival research and conversations with Native people, Andrew Fisher�s groundbreaking book traces the waxing and waning of Columbia River Indian identity from the mid-nineteenth through the late twentieth centuries. Fisher explains how, despite policies designed to destroy them, the shared experience of being off the reservation and at odds with recognized tribes forged far-flung river communities into a loose confederation called the Columbia River Tribe. Environmental changes and political pressures eroded their autonomy during the second half of the twentieth century, yet many River People continued to honor a common heritage of ancestral connection to the Columbia, resistance to the reservation system, devotion to cultural traditions, and detachment from the institutions of federal control and tribal governance. At times, their independent and uncompromising attitude has challenged the sovereignty of the recognized tribes, earning Columbia River Indians a reputation as radicals and troublemakers even among their own people. Shadow Tribe is part of a new wave of historical scholarship that shows Native American identities to be socially constructed, layered, and contested rather than fixed, singular, and unchanging. From his vantage point on the Columbia, Fisher has written a pioneering study that uses regional history to broaden our understanding of how Indians thwarted efforts to confine and define their existence within narrow reservation boundaries.
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Western Passage

Author : T. J. Hanson
ISBN : 0970584709
Genre : Fiction
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Follow a caravan of covered wagons full of hopeful pioneers and homesteaders as they journey westward to the newly opened Oregon Territory under the direction of the Oregon Emigrating Company.
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Ethnobotany Of The Coos Lower Umpqua And Siuslaw Indians

Author : Patricia Whereat-Phillips
ISBN : 0870718525
Genre : Nature
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"Contents" -- "Foreword by Nancy J. Turner" -- "Preface" -- "How to Use This Book" -- "Acknowledgments" -- "Chapter 1. Indigenous Languages" -- "Chapter 2. Cultural Background and History" -- "Chapter 3. The Ethnographers and Their Informants" -- "Chapter 4. Plants and the Traditional Culture" -- "Chapter 5. Trees" -- "Chapter 6. Shrubs" -- "Chapter 7. Forbs" -- "Chapter 8. Ferns, Fern Allies, and Moss" -- "Chapter 9. Fungi and Seaweeds" -- "Chapter 10. Unidentified Plants" -- "Appendix: Basketry" -- "Notes" -- "Bibliography
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