Stories From Our Native Ancestors: Killing Bigfoot, The Giant Beaver, The Coast Range Goblin and How Clam Got His Eyes

July 27, 2015 at 7pm

Jason Younker is a member of the Coquille Indian Tribe, and David Lewis is a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon. For most western Oregon tribes, their generation is the last to have lived part o their life as a terminated Indian. Despite great cultural loss, many things endured. Stories about their existence and landscape are buy a few. In the presentation, they will share stories about the creatures of western Oregon that have lived on land and in culture for generations stretching far back into the past.

Dr. David G. Lewis is an independent educator, author, and anthropology researcher who lives in Salem, Oregon, in the homeland of his people, the Santiam Kalapuya. Dr. Jason T. Younker is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Assistant Vice President and Advisor to the President for Sovereignty and Government-to-Government Relations at University of Oregon. Originally from Coos Bay, Oregon, he taught for ten years at Rochester Institute of Technology, where he was chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.