When we think about early Oregon history, stories about the pioneers coming along the Oregon Trail in covered wagons, Dr. McLoughlin and the early fur trappers, or perhaps Jason Lee and his mission along the Willamette River most often come to the forefront of our memory. There were, however, many hundreds of people living out their ancestral stories in our valleys long before the Euro-Americans decided to expand America's western frontier. Indigenous people of the coast, the mountains, the valleys and the eastern plains had cared for these lands for centuries. In our local area, several bands of the Kalapuya tribe called this place home.
Chris has a background in education, and he finds the outreach and research aspects of his job reviewing various development proposals the most interesting. Briece's background is in archaeology, and he helps the Tribe recognize and implement their "landcestry," where the land itself is just as much a part of their ancestral heritage as the people who have lived on it.
To hear the full story, check out the podcasts: Part 1, and Part 2.