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Author Talk and Book Signing

March 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Tribal Environmental History of the Willamette Valley:
A Lecture and Book Signing with Dr David Lewis, Author of Tribal Histories of the Willamette Valley

A graphic for the David Lewis talk with the book cover and event description and partners listed. The book cover is a painting of a landscape with hills and sun and clouds and trees and red buildings.

Dr. David Lewis, Grand Ronde Tribal member, OSU Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Indigenous Studies, and author, will discuss Kalapuya tribal culture and the environments they lived in, the Willamette Valley. Presenting research reconstructing their environment after 180 years of settler changes. The presentation will address the removal of water and return of cultural fire and what this means to tribal descendants today.

The lecture will be followed by a book signing. Bring your own copy of Tribal Histories of the Willamette Valley, win a copy, or purchase it at the event.

Event Partners: Elderberry Wisdom Farm, Chemeketa Department of Agriculture Science and Technology, North Santiam Watershed Council, City of Salem, and Marion SWCD

Author Bio: David G. Lewis, PhD and member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, is a recognized researcher, scholar, writer and assistant professor of anthropology and Indigenous studies at Oregon State University. His publications include “Willamette Valley Treaties,” “A History of Native Peoples of the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Region,” and others. For more than twenty years, Lewis has been passionate about studying the original histories of the people of Oregon and California and has an extensive record of collaborative projects with regional scholars, tribes, local governments, and communities. Lewis’s research specializes in the history of Kalapuyans and other Western Oregon tribes, which he explores through journal essays and on his blog The Quartux Journal. He currently resides in Chemeketa, now Salem, Oregon, with his wife, Donna, and two sons, Saghaley and Inatye.


March 26
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Chemeketa Ag Complex
45th and Fire Protection Way
Salem, Oregon 97305 United States
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