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.

About the exhibit

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.

On display  November 10 – December 8

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  a series of heritage resources, including the Oregon Is Indian Country traveling trunk that is available for educators.

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

On display on the 2nd and 3rd floors of Lake Oswego City Hall:

  • 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.
  • 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.

On display on the 2nd floor of the Lake Oswego Public Library:

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