Date: Saturday, August 27
Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Place: Soap Creek Valley (Parking at Soap Creek Valley Schoolhouse)
Cost: FREE (please register below)
Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) is a deeply interactive way of fully understanding and co-existing with the rivers, landscapes, plants and animals of the places we live and work in. The Kalapuya and their descendants - many of whom are enrolled in the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde (CTGR) and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians (CTSI) - have existed here since time immemorial. Their knowledge of the natural life cycles, habits and uses of local flora and fauna for food, fiber and medicinal purposes is part of the landscape and ecology of the Luckiamute watershed.
During this four-hour excursion within two privately-owned properties in Soap Creek Valley, CTGR Tribal member and Cultural Policy Analysist, Greg Archuleta, will introduce participants to the ways in which Tribes of this region relate to many of the plants that grow here - including harvesting techniques and both traditional and modern uses. Joe Scott, CTSI Member and Traditional Ecological Inquiry Program’s Curriculum Director at the Long Tom Watershed Council, will speak about the importance of Cultural Fires and TEK. Participants will learn how to identify many native trees and shrubs, and gain a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the incredibly rich relationships among plant, animal and human communities that continue to coexist within the watershed. In addition, landowners Janet Ohmann, Faye Yoshihara and Kevin Kenaga will share how they are restoring the tapestry of landscapes found within their properties, and how they have incorporated some of the principles of TEK to create healthy, thriving native plant communities.
A big thank you goes to Willamette Habitat Restoration Fund for providing the funding that allows us to make this event free of charge. Also, hayu masi - thank you - to Greg Archuleta and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and to Joe Scott and the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians, for sharing the knowledge and experience of the Tribes of the region; to Janet Ohmann, Joe Crocker, Faye Yoshihara and Kevin Kenaga for hosting this tour through their beautiful properties; and to Polk Soil and Water Conservation District, for helping to plan and coordinate this event!