[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2005-05-18
Heritage.Info at state.or.us
Wed May 18 09:03:46 PDT 2005
In this issue:
1. Umatilla Treaty on display during commemoration
2. Draft horse day May 21 in Washington County
3. Humanities Council announces new Chautauqua catalog
4. Open houses bursting out all over in June
UMATILLA TREATY ON DISPLAY DURING COMMEMORATION
A historic treaty, 19th century sketches, the opening of a living culture
village, and commemorative ceremonies are among activities taking place during
the next month at the Tam stslikt Cultural Center and in Walla Walla where the
1855 treaty with tribes that now comprise the Confederated Tribes of the
Umatilla Indian Reservation was negotiated.
A new exhibit will present several pages from the original 1855 Walla Walla
Treaty, on loan from the National Archives and Records Administration, between
the United States and the tribes. Tam stslikt will also display 10 original
sketches of the Tribes' most prominent negotiators at the proceedings, as
drawn in 1855 by Gustav Sohon, a young artist who accompanied the American
Special events scheduled during the treaty commemoration include the opening
of a living culture village, Naam N shaycht Village, at 10 a.m. May 27 at
Tam stslikt. Later that day at 1 p.m., there will be the ceremonial
unveiling of the original treaty and Sohon paintings. This will be followed at
2 p.m. with a book signing with the authors of the commemorative edition of
the book, "The Cayuse Indians, Imperial Tribesmen of Old Oregon", with author
Robert H. Ruby.
On May 28, the 1855 Treaty Commemoration honoring procession, dinner and
history talks will take place. Tribes including the Confederated Tribes of
the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Nez Perce Tribe and Yakama Nation will
assemble in Walla Walla, site of the treaty negotiations that began on May 28,
1855. A horseback honoring procession
beginning at 10 a.m. at the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial Veterans Affairs
Medical Center grounds will honor the Tribal treaty negotiators, followed by a
traditional Washat blessing and a friendship feast. This event takes place on
the 150th anniversary of the opening of treaty negotiations between the U.S.
and the tribes. Free and open to the
public, the most recent information on the activities can be obtained from
541-966-2033 or www.umatilla.nsn.us. At 9 a.m. May 29, a traditional Washat
religious service will be open to the public at the Wainwright Veterans
At 11 a.m. June 10, dignitaries will unveil a statue of Peopeomoxmox at the
corner of Third and Rose streets in Walla Walla. One of the dignitaries will
be Carl Sampson, a chief of the Walla Walla Tribe and a direct descendent of
Peopeomoxmox. Sampson has honored his ancestor by assuming his Indian name. On
June 10 - 11, the public can attend the 1855 Treaty Powwow, a commemorative
powwow for the 1855 Treaty. The Powwow will begin with grand entries at 7 p.m.
June 10 and 2 p.m. June 11 on Saturday. The public is
invited to enjoy the singing, drumming and dancing at this free event that
will take place at the Wainwright Veterans Center.
At 4 p.m. June 15, Washington State Historical Society director David Nicandri
will present "Gustav Sohon in Indian Country", a lecture and slide show at
Tam stslikt Cultural Institute. Sohon, a 19th century German migr artist,
depicted local historic personages in the days before photographs were widely
available. During his travels with Washington Territorial Governor Isaac
Stevens' railroad survey party, Sohon drew the principal negotiators at the
1855 Walla Walla Treaty Council.
Tam stslikt Cultural Institute is located near the Wildhorse Resort & Casino,
10 minutes east of Pendleton. From Interstate 84 take exit 216 and follow the
signs five minutes to Wildhorse Resort and the Institute. Tam stslikt is open
daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information: 541-966-9748 or
www.tamastslikt.com. Tam stslikt is owned and
operated by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.
DRAFT HORSE DAY MAY 21 IN WASHINGTON COUNTY
The 39th edition of Draft Horse Day, a plowing exhibition, will take place
from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Washington County Museum, on the grounds of
Portland Community College's Rock Creek campus, 17677 NW Springville Road,
The free exhibition features big horses and mules plowing, as well as metal
forging and hand-tuned ice cream. Horse-drawn wagons provide transport from
the parking lot to the plowing field. The museum is also opening a new
exhibit "Whipsaws to Chainsaws: Logging and Timber in Washington County" in
its exhibition hall.
For further information, contact the Washington County Museum at 503-645-5353.
HUMANITIES COUNCIL ANNOUNCES NEW CHAUTAUQUA CATALOG
The Oregon Council for the Humanities has announced its 25th anniversary
season of Oregon Chautauqua. Having served more than 100,000 Oregonians during
the past quarter of a century, this year's Chautauqua offers 37 programs.
"Oregon Chautauqua remains vital because it does more than bring new
information and knowledge to audiences," say the Council's executive director
Christopher Zinn and public program director Carol E. Hickman. "It invigorates
the role of thought and ideas in our daily lives."
For more information about the Oregon Council for the Humanities, contact 812
SW Washington St., Suite 225, Portland, OR 97205 or och at oregonhum.org or
OPEN HOUSES BURSTING OUT ALL OVER IN JUNE
Open houses for properties in the National Register of Historic Places are
scheduled during June in Ashland, Bend, Carver, Clackamas, Cottage Grove,
Independence, Lake Oswego, Medford, Oakland, Portland, Salem, St. Paul and
Springfield. The list includes two historic districts in Medford, including
the city's historic downtown section, and old school buildings in Clackamas
Each of the properties receives property tax relief under the state's special
assessment program, which freezes a property's assessed value for 15 years for
local property tax purposes. Owners of commercial properties may reapply for
an additional 15 years.
In return for the special assessment benefit, a property owner must hold an
annual open house for the public at least one day, per year, for a minimum of
four consecutive hours between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Except for state observed
national holidays, owners may choose any day of the year.
The monthly open house list is distributed through the State Historic
Preservation Office and certain participating chambers of commerce, historical
societies, assessor's offices and local landmarks offices. It is on the
Internet along with other information about the program at
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