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The first Oregonians : an illustrated collection of essays on traditional lifeways, federal-Indian relations, and the state's native people today

This guide focuses on the heritage of Oregon Native people by discussing their ancient habitation, their historical lifeways and the disruption of those lifeways by Euro-American settlement and federal policies, and their continuing role in the state. The guide consists of 18 essays organized into 3 sections. The first section consists of five essays that discuss the traditional lifeways and languages of Oregon Indians in four geographic regions: the Coast, the Columbia Plateau, the Interior Valleys, and the Great Basin. These essays illustrate the Natives' adaptation to the land, solutions to the problems of social organization, and their views of the world. The second section consists of four essays that discuss federal-Indian relations from the time of Euro-American settlement, misconceptions about Indians, Oregon Indians today, and the importance of tribal speakers in the perpetuation of tribal sovereignty. The third section consists of nine essays which describe the history of the nine federally recognized Indian tribes native to Oregon and the projects each tribe undertook to recapture its lost heritage. The document includes information about the writers and contributors; credits for maps, illustrations, and photography; selected readings; and information about the Oregon Council for the Humanities
Print Book, English, 1991
Oregon Council for the Humanities, Portland, Ore., 1991