"Indigenous History of the
Portland, OR Area - David Lewis"
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Indigenous History of the Portland, OR Area - David Lewis

On April 27, 2023, Oregon State University Associate Professor David Lewis gave a talk at the Skyline Grange Hall called "Native History of the Willamette Valley & Locally." This two-part Flying Focus episode captures much of Lewis' presentation, mostly covering the tribes in the Portland area as they struggled with devastating pandemics and the influx of Europeans who sought to capitalize on fur and other items found in abundance in the region.

He discusses the tension between the locals' attraction to fancy items being offered by the newcomers and the ultimate devastation, accomplished mostly by treaty, where tribes were pushed onto undesirable lands as "reservations." Though he begins in the 1800s, the talk connects the past tribal migrations and colonial injustices to ongoing disputes today about rights to build casinos and engage in traditional fishing activities.

Viewers will also learn more about land stewardship, including crops valued by local indigenous people (one being wapato, also known as "Indian potatoes"), controlled burning, and seasonal rotations. Lewis also points to issues around the government's use of violence against native people, the role of women, and the way people deliberately changed the landscape.

This show was recorded by FFVC Field Coordinator PC Peri and produced/edited by Dan Handelman. It's important history that everyone should know.

Part 1 (28:29):

For your information, the chapter breaks we assigned for this video are:

Part 1:

  1. 0:00: Opening Credits
  2. 1:15: Settlers Came in Before Cowboys
  3. 6:23: Economic Issues: Chief, Fort and Trade
      and America's priorities
  4. 10:58: Kalapuya, Santiam and Confederated Tribes
  5. 15:41: Diseases and Immunity, Languages and Southern Oregon
  6. 18:19: Lewis and Clark, Oregon City, Community on the River
  7. 22:22: Definition of Permanence, Fishing, Role of Tribal Women
  8. 24:40: Seasonal Trade, Hunting, Crops & Flowers
      and end credits
You can use these times to find a particular section if you want to jump to a certain portion of the show.

Part 2 (28:28):

For your information, the chapter breaks we assigned for this video are:

Part 2:

  1. 0:00: Opening Credits
  2. 1:15: Valuable Land
  3. 3:35: Wapato Harvest and Fishing
  4. 6:46: Settlers In, Expensive Items
  5. 11:13: Few Indigenous People Remain / Manual Labor
  6. 16:13: Wars and Reservations: Conquest or Buy?
  7. 22:01: Europeans, Treaties, Assimilation
  8. 25:43: 20th Century, Gaming Rights and End Credits

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