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1st Annual Chepenefu Lecture Series


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You are invited to the first annual Chepenefu Lecture Series. It is free and open-to-the-public. The 2017 Chepenefu Lecture Series, produced and sponsored by the Marys Peak Group of the Sierra Club, will honor the Chepenefu Kalapuya people who have inhabited the Marys River Valley (Corvallis, Philomath & Wren) for thousands of years and who continue their cultural traditions.
The three lectures are Wednesdays on the dates below at 7:00 pm (doors opening at 6:00 pm for seating, refreshments and socializing)

Grassroots Books will be in the lobby selling books authored by the lecturers or related to the topic of the local First People.
The Majestic Theater will be selling beer, wine, non-alcoholic drink, plus snacks from 6:00 -7:00 pm.

> 10/4- “The Kalapuya Then and Now” by David Harrelson, who is Kalapuya and serves as the Cultural Resources Department Manager and Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for his community, The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community of Oregon. David has unique knowledge and experience to share for the commencement lecture of the first annual Chepenefu Lecture Series. http://www.grandronde.org/
> 11/8 – “Kalapuya Archaeology: Cultural Record of the Willamette Valley before 1850” by Dr. Thomas Connolly, director of archaeological research at the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History (since 1986) and author of Oregon Archaeology. Tom presents the state of the art understanding of the Kalapuya as discovered through archaeological research. http://osupress.oregonstate.edu/book/oregon-archaeology
> 12/13- “Native Space” by Dr. Natchee Barnd, OSU Assistant Professor in Ethnic Studies and author of Native Space: Geographic Strategies to Unsettle Settler Colonialism. Natchee’s local research focuses on both indigenous and minority ethnic cultures. He will present how indigenous communities and individuals sustain and create geographies while living in a colonial culture. There will be a discussion of how this concept applies to the local Kalapuya.
For further information contact:
deckert@willamettewatershed.com or (541) 230-1237