This IS Kalapuyan Land
The new exhibit by Guest Curator Steph Littlebird Fogel re-tools the museum’s cornerstone historical display, called This Kalapuya Land, which was created over a decade ago in partnership with the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. That partnership was a great step for the museum at the time; the new version makes the native perspective even more visible. As viewers move through the space they will encounter hand-written edits and annotations made by Littlebird Fogel to highlight errors, update language, and note important passages in the original content. Each edit points towards larger problems in our collective recollection of America’s and Oregon’s history.
The highlights and updates that Littlebird Fogel made to the historical display are only the beginning of her contribution to the new exhibit — she also brought in contemporary artworks from 15 Indigenous artists. She explains that “by incorporating contemporary Native work, I am hoping to illuminate the lives of Natives living today, and the effects of diaspora on Native proximity to their homelands.” Through Indigenous art, the exhibit explores what it means to be Native American in contemporary society, and tells the stories of Indigenous descendants who are contributing to cultural survivance today. Read full article here.
William L. Finley: Advocate for Birds
The photographs in this exhibit are all original platinum palladium prints made from glass negatives by the famous wildlife photographer, William L. Finley. These images helped Finley to persuade President Theodore Roosevelt to set aside two major wildlife refuge sites in Oregon: Three Arch Rocks in 1907 and Malheur Bird Refuge in 1908.
William L. Finley and Herman Bohlman began photographing and studying the wildlife at Three Arch Rocks from the town of Oceanside, OR in 1901. Finley, a self-taught naturalist and Bohlman, a Portland plumber and artist, ultimately became part of a social and professional network of conservationists allowing their findings to have a major impact in environmental policy in the United States at the time.
Timber in the Tualatin Valley
With many original artifacts on loan from local collector Bill Racine, this display aims to teach visitors about the history of logging in Washington Count. Learn about the dangers of the job and what camp life was like for loggers through the tools they used in the woods! Click here for more details.