[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2008-10-22

Heritage Info Heritage.Info at state.or.us
Wed Oct 22 15:29:33 PDT 2008

In this issue:
1. Indian Heritage Month activities set for Tamastslikt
2.  Oberst elected Oregon 150 president
3.  Portland Archaeology Day set for Saturday
4. Cemeteries, bikeways groups seek members


Tamástslikt Cultural Institute celebrates American Indian Heritage
Month during November with activities, films and workshops.  Some of the
informative and engaging celebration activities include:

Beginning Oct. 29, Tamastslikt will host an Oregon Historical Society
traveling exhibit "Oregon is Indian Country" which showcases text
documents as well as historical and contemporary photographs about the
nine federally recognized tribes in Oregon. Topics include: the land,
federal Indian policies, and traditions that bind. The exhibit continues
to Feb. 16. 

At 6 p.m. Oct. 29, Coos-Kalapuya storyteller Esther Stutzman will tell
Coos and Kalapuya stories. Her grandmother*s teaching was that it was
bad luck to tell stories that were proprietary to other people or
tribes. Stories were regarded as private property as were songs. She has
13 stories she shares with the public. Some of her creation stories tell
of the time when animals and people could talk together.  Her
presentation is sponsored by the Oregon Historical Society*s folklife
program and Tamástslikt.

On Nov. 8, Tamástslikt will present a free public program featuring
Minerva Soucie, a master basketweaver who revived traditional techniques
among youth of the Burns Paiute Indians.  From 9am to noon, Soucie will
exhibit and demonstrate her craft.  At 1 p.m. she will give a talk about
the culture and history of the Burns Paiute of Oregon.  She authored the
chapter on the Paiute people in "The First Oregonians" published by
Oregon Council for the Humanities. Also on Nov. 8, research librarian
Virginia Roberts, who will demonstrate how to find and use the latest
online tools and resources to discover family genealogy from 10 a.m.-2

A  Saturday Free Film Festival at 1 and 6 p.m. Nov. 15. The 1 p.m.
showing is a film by Laurence Cotton about CES Wood and Chief Joseph,
followed by questions and comments with the producer. At 6 p.m., the
newly released "Spirit of Sacajawea" film will be shown.  

Tamástslikt Cultural Institute is located at 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.
More information is available by dialing 541-966-9748,  or visit


The state*s First Lady, Mary Oberst, a board member of Oregon 150 and
co-chair of the Development Committee, has been unanimously approved as
president of the Oregon 150 organization by its board of directors.

Oberst will help Oregon 150 organize and direct its six signature
projects taking place, leading up to, and during the state*s 150th
birthday. She succeeds Barbara Sidway of Baker City as president, who
resigned last month. The board unanimously thanked and commended Sidway
for her tireless work and leadership during her tenure. 

*I'm very excited to be a part of this momentous occasion in our
state's history,* said Oberst. *Oregon has such natural beauty and
diverse cultures. With all the different programs and events we*re
hosting, there*s a chance for everyone to join in and show what it
means to be an Oregonian.* 

*With Mary*s extensive history and experience here in Oregon, she
was the perfect choice as the next president of Oregon 150,* said Lee
Weinstein, vice president of Oregon 150*s board of directors. *Mary
has been a member of our executive committee from the start and we*ve
enjoying working with her in creating what will surely be a truly
unforgettable birthday for Oregon next year.*


A dozen organizations are sponsoring Portland Archaeology Day from 10
a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 25 in the Portland State University (PSU) Park Blocks.

The free, all-ages event will give people the chance to learn about the
history of Portland through archaeology, meet real archaeologists and
sign up to win a day with
one.  Hands-on activities artifact analysis, atlatl technology,
basketry technology, fanual analysis (animal bone analysis),
flintknapping, and groundstone technology.

Portland Archaeology Day is a product of  Applied Archaeological
Research, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, Friends of the Tualatin
National Wildlife Refuge, ICF Jones & Stokes, Lower Columbia Research
and Archaeology, Oregon Archaeological Society, Oregon Historical
Society, PSU Anthropology Department, PSU Anthropology
Student Association, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Refuge, and Willamette Cultural Resources Associates.

For more information please call the PSU Anthropology Department at
503.725.3081 or email pdxarchday at gmail.com 


The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is seeking volunteers to
fill two positions of commissioners who recently resigned. The Oregon
Commission on Historic Cemeteries, made up of seven citizens, is
empowered by the legislature to develop and maintain a listing of all
pioneer and historic cemeteries in Oregon; to make recommendations for
funding, obtain grants funding, seek legislative appropriations for
historic cemeteries, and to assist in the coordination of restoration,
renovation and maintenance of historic cemeteries statewide. The group
meets four times per year in changing locations around the state. The
commission is particularly seeking a representative from the central and
south areas of the East side of the state, but all are encouraged to
apply. Please apply before Nov. 14. 

The state historic cemeteries program, a part of Oregon Park and
Recreation Department*s Heritage Programs, maintains a list of
Oregon*s historic cemeteries and offers a variety of educational,
financial and technical resources for those working to preserve them.
Details are available online at www.oregonheritage.org or by contacting
Gill at Kuri.Gill at state.or.us, or by phone at 503-986-0685.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department also is recruiting
volunteers to serve on a new advisory committee that will evaluate
bicycle routes nominated for Oregon Scenic Bikeway status. The committee
will consider routes for the designation that bring bicyclists in
contact with outstanding scenic, historic and natural settings. It will
make its recommendations to the OPRD director. A citizen *at large*
member and a representative of a bicycle advocacy organization will fill
two of 11 seats on the committee. Other members appointed by the OPRD
director will represent the Oregon Department of Transportation, Travel
Oregon, the Oregon Recreation Trails Advisory Council, a federal agency
land manager, the Oregon Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus,
the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, the Association of
Oregon Counties, the League of Oregon Cities and OPRD. The first
appointees will serve two, three and four-year terms. More information
about the committee and how to apply is available by calling Alexandra
Phillips, OPRD*s state bicycle recreation coordinator, at
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