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The traveling display will continue at City Hall and the library through Dec. 8 

COURTESY PHOTO - The "Oregon is Indian Country" exhibit is located at the Lake Oswego Library and City Hall through Dec. 8. The city of Lake Oswego is hosting the "Oregon is Indian Country" exhibit through Dec. 8, in celebration of Native American Heritage Month.

Located both at the Lake Oswego Public Library and City Hall, the exhibit details the ties between the local land and tribal communities as well as how federal policies toward Native American populations have impacted them and the many indigenous traditions.

The exhibit included the participation of nine Oregon Native American groups and first premiered in 2009 at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland. It has since traveled across the state and will move to Gold Beach after Lake Oswego.

"One of the things about the exhibit is not just the history of indigenous people in Oregon but the continuance of native nations here in Oregon," said Eliza Canty-Jones, the director of community engagement for the historical society.

Allison Arnold, a reference and adult services manager at the library, said the exhibit includes three large panels with informative text and photographs. Some tidbits she learned included the ways in which these tribes have fought to secure rights locally and how Native Americans participated in United States military conflicts.

"It struck me how it was in the voice of these tribes. That seemed really important," Arnold said of the exhibit. "And also it's a great opportunity for the community to learn about the history of the people who inhabited these lands for thousands of years before Europeans arrived and to learn about their lives today on the reservations."

She added: "I thought it was fascinating to learn how the tribes see the land, their perspective on the land versus traditional European perspective on land. How they see it as rich and plentiful and how there's plenty here to sustain their way of life if they take care of it."

For more information about the exhibit, visit ohs.org/museum/exhibits/oregon-is-indian-country.cfm.


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