Native Cultural Education Activites

Ethnobotany Workshop Camas flowerEthnobotany Workshop

Saturday, August 28 | 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. or 2:30 p.m.
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For thousands of years, Native Americans across North America used native plants for items of everyday use. At this workshop, Stephanie Craig, MA / Traditional Ethnobotanist and Basket Weaver, will use samples of native plants, foods, tools, and other items created from native plants, to exemplify and discuss the importance of native plants and their traditional uses.

Please plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to your workshop session scheduled time, and meet at the City of Eugene Native Plant Nursery, located at 538 Day Island Rd. within Alton Baker Park. (See map in preceding link.) There are three sessions with limited availability – please register ahead of time and check-in at the registration tent upon arrival. Each workshop will last about 45 minutes.

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More about Stephanie Craig, MA:
Stephanie is an enrolled member of The Confederated Tribe’s of Grand Ronde Community of Oregon, she is Santiam and Yoncolla Kalapuya, Takelma Rogue River, Cow Creek Umpqua and Clackamas Chinook. Stephanie grew up listening to her Mother, Chich (Grandmother in Chinuk Wawa) and Aunties telling stories of her family weaving and their weaving traditions. Family baskets and weaving traditions have been passed down through six generations, and are still continued today through her teachings.

“I feel that it is very important to preserve our history; and as a young Native American Tribal member, it is part of my job to help educate and preserve cultural heritage and traditions.”

Stephanie has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology with an emphasis on Northwest Native American Cultures and also used her Native American Language Chinuk Wawa to fulfill her college language requirement. Her Masters of Arts degree is interdisciplinary within Cultural Anthropology, Museum Studies and Folklore. She has also had internships at The Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of American Indian Archives Department, the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History and Tamástslikt Cultural Institute for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, as well as by traditional basket weavers. “I am committed to preserving our cultural heritage for future generations and to continue on the traditions of our Elders.”

“I am very passionate about giving back to our community. I want to help preserve and help pass on our traditional culture and help educate people on the history of civilization. I hope to pass on my knowledge and understandings to my family, other tribal members and also community members in my life. As part of the next generation I want to be able to help others who need it. I feel as a young Indian woman that it is important to help tell our stories and to pass on our culture to future generations; because we are the future.”

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Whilamut Talking StoneTalking Stones Tour: A Walking Interpretive Tour of the Whilamut Natural Area

Saturday, August 21 & Sunday, August 22 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
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Join UO professor in Native American Studies, Marta Clifford (Chinook/Cree/Umpqua, Grand Ronde background) and the Citizen Planning Committee of the Whilamut Natural Area for a tour of the Talking Stones. The Talking Stones were designed as educational and cultural reference points, to reintroduce the Kalapuya language and connection to the land. Enjoy an interpretive walk of several Stones, including a stop at the Whilamut Transportation Crossover Mural by artist Susan Applegate.

Please meet at the West D/Aspen Street Boat Ramp at 11AM. This is a walking tour, covering an approximate distance of 2 miles. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and come dressed for the weather. Sunblock and water bottle recommended!

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For more information on the Talking Stones, please see our Self-Guided Tours section