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Philomath, OR 97370
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Museum Hours:
Tuesday - Saturday
10:00am - 4:30pm

Oregon Is Indian Country

The Benton County Historical Society invites one and all to view a special exhibit of Oregon's Native American heritage, Oregon Is Indian Country, showing April 2-30, 2009. One third of the travelling exhibit, titled "Federal Indian Policies" will be hosted at the museum. A second segment, titled "Traditions That Bind", will be hosted at The Valley Library on the OSU campus. The third segment, which will be hosted at the Corvallis Public Library, is titled "The Land".

Oregon Is Indian Country represents a groundbreaking project bringing all nine Oregon tribes together to present information never-before-assembled in one exhibit on contemporary indigenous cultures.

Oregon's Indian traditions will be inherent from many art forms including native voices, historical artifacts, photographs and more, producing a powerful exhibition.

Please join us for a special demonstration on Saturday, April 11, 2009 from 12 p.m.-2 p.m. Alfred 'Bud' Lane III (Chetco, Lower Rogue, Shasta) a member of the Confedrated Tribes of Siletz Indians, will share items and information about Siletz traditional lifeways including information and items representative of Siletz basketry, traditional regalia, utilitarian art/everyday items.

Oregon Is Indian Country travelling exhibition at Philomath, April 2009
Please join Warm Springs Bead Artist and OSU Alumnus Brigette Whipple at OSU's Valley Library:
Monday, April 20, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Valley Library's Willamette Industries seminar rooms.

Also please join Esther Stutzman, Kalapuya Storyteller, Friday, April 3, at 7:00 pm at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library >>>

OrHi44161: Indian agent Heinlein issues blankets, tents, and clothing to the Paiutes in exchange for their land.
OrHi44161: Indian agent Heinlein issues blankets, tents, and
clothing to the Paiutes in exchange for their land.

The exhibit is a direct result of the Oregon Tribes Project, a multi-year collaboration between the Oregon Historical Society's Folklife Program and Oregon's nine federally recognized tribes.  Tribal members documented their contemporary traditions and worked with Society staff to plan a series of heritage resources to be used to teach about tribal histories and cultures. 

Oregon Tribes utilizes native voices, traditions, and art forms, as well as historic artifacts and photographs to produce an exhibition, educational materials, and public programs to educate people about Oregon's contemporary tribes.  Antone Minthorn, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservations says, "We have survived the tidal wave of immigration to our country.  The American public needs to hear these stories of survival.  This place, the United States of America, is our home, but we all have a voice in shaping a legacy for our children." 

Support for this exhibit is generously provided by the following organizations:
Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation; Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund and the Siletz Tribal Council; Spirit Mountain Community Fund; Wildhorse Foundation; Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Oregon State Library National Endowment for the Arts; Oregon Arts Commission; Oregon Heritage Commission; Collins Foundation; Jackson Foundation; PGE Foundation; and Oregon Council for the Humanities.


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Philomath, Oregon
The Benton County Historical Society is a nonprofit corporation that operates museum facilities for the preservation of history and culture.  Its mission is to:

  1. Preserve the material and intellectual culture of Benton County, Oregon, by acquiring and caring for significant collections that illustrate and interpret the history of the area and its relationship to the world;
  2. Enrich people's lives through exhibitions and educational programs.