Oregon Is Indian Country Exhibit

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 - 10:00am to 7:00pm

In honor of Native American Heritage Month in November, the City of Lake Oswego is proud to host Oregon Is Indian Country, a special traveling exhibition of Oregon's Native American heritage, on display at the Lake Oswego Public Library and Lake Oswego City Hall Wednesday, November 10 - Wednesday, December 8, 2021.

First exhibited in 2009 at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland, Oregon Is Indian Country represents a groundbreaking project that brought together all nine federally recognized Oregon Tribes to present information, never-before-assembled in one exhibit, on contemporary indigenous cultures. This rich content is now available for museums and cultural institutions across the state as a traveling exhibit of vibrant banners.

The display consists of three large panels, with each panel covering a different topic: 

  1. The Land, which examines the ways the physical environment has and continues to influence tribal cultures, the importance of natural resources, and the enduring ties that tribes have with the land.

  2. Federal Indian Policies explores policies that changed lives since the first official exploration by the U.S. government into the territory by Lewis & Clark in 1805. 

  3. Traditions that Bind investigates the rich cultural heritage of Oregon’s tribes, including their oral traditions, material culture, art, and traditional lifeways. 

The first two panels will be on display on the 3rd floor of City Hall (located at 380 A Avenue, open M-F 8am-5pm).  The third panel will be on display on the 2nd floor of the Lake Oswego Public Library (located at 706 Fourth Street, open M-Th 10am-7pm, F & Sa 10am-5pm, Su 1-5pm).

The exhibit is a direct result of the Oregon Tribes Project, a multi-year collaboration between the Oregon Historical Society’s former Folklife Program and Oregon’s nine federally recognized Tribes. Tribal members documented their contemporary traditions and worked with Society staff to create the exhibit.

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.