Category Archives: Something Old

DAVID DOUGLAS

David Douglas, the Scottish botanist, traversed the Columbia River Plateau in 1825-1827.  He wrote about an encounter near the Celilo Falls or the “Great Falls” in June 1825, when his party was threatened by Indians. “Just at this time a … Continue reading

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FROM LEGEND TIME

Throughout the museum, you may have noticed the series of lit panels with coyote silhouettes and paw prints that display excerpts from stories.  Most panels contain coyote-themed excerpts but there is an exception.  The panel at the Oregon Trail exhibit … Continue reading

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BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE

Pardon the use of the s—word that is no longer politically correct.  The following is an excerpt from J.H. Horner who associated with the Indians of the Wallowa Valley at the turn of the 20th century.  He captured some beautiful … Continue reading

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THEY MARKED THE LAND

 “We once enjoyed the freedom to inhabit all lands….The theory behind this act was that individual ownership of property would teach us how to live like the white man, but what it really did was divide our 1855 reservation for … Continue reading

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LEGEND OF THE CHIPMUNK

This story was published in an undated ‘The Indian Sentinel’ by the Society for Preservation of the Faith among Indian Children, Bureau of Catholic Missions.  Sounds like Tatathlíiya, the basket woman, who captured children to feed her own brood.  ‘Long … Continue reading

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SEASONAL WONDERINGS

It was around January 7, 2012, when Cass commented :    “I visited the museum years ago and sadly can’t find any of my journals or work from that period. I often think back to my time spent there. I am … Continue reading

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COMMUNITY ACADEMY COMING UP

A couple of years ago, Tamástslikt held several free evening sessions of Mend, Measure, and Repair to help folks prepare for the centennial Pendleton Round-Up.  Evenings were dedicated to horse trappings, regalia, featherwork, or horse tack.  Some consulting experts were … Continue reading

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