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Join us at 5:30PM for a pre-lecture book signing with David Lewis, author of Tribal Histories of the Willamette Valley.

February 20th, 2024 6:00PM-7:30PM – Tribal Histories of the Willamette Valley with guest speaker David Lewis

From oral history to written word, learn about the history of Oregon through the stories of the Indigenous peoples of the Willamette Valley.

The Willamette Valley is rich with history—its riverbanks, forests, and mountains home to the tribes of Kalapuya, Chinook, Molalla, and more for thousands of years. This history has been largely unrecorded, incomplete, poorly researched, or partially told. In these stories, enriched by photographs and maps, Oregon Indigenous historian David G. Lewis combines years of researching historical documents and collecting oral stories, highlighting Native perspectives about the history of the Willamette Valley as they experienced it.
The timeline spans the first years of contact between settlers and tribes, the takeover of tribal lands and creation of reservations by the US Federal Government, and the assimilation efforts of boarding schools. Lewis shows the resiliency of Native peoples in the face of colonization.
Undoing the erasure of these stories reveals the fuller picture of the colonization and changes experienced by the Native peoples of the Willamette Valley absent from other contemporary histories of Oregon.