Cultural Services News & Stories

Posted on: November 9, 2023

Native American Heritage Month

Oregon is Indian Country Exhibit

November is Native American Heritage Month, commonly known as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. There are many opportunities to celebrate the heritage of Native Americans in our region and to learn more about their rich history. Please consider joining us for the following events and public art installations that will be available throughout the month of November.

“The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. Heritage Month is also an opportune time to educate the general public about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.” – National Congress of American Indians

2023 Native American Heritage Month Proclamation 

Mayor Vinis will honor Native American Heritage Month with a Proclamation at the City Council meeting at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 13. To learn more about the City of Eugene’s Intergovernmental Tribal Relations work visit our public Intergovernmental Tribal Relations website. The final Mayoral 2023 Native American Heritage Month Proclamation.


Oregon is Indian Country Exhibit

November 1-20 • Monday-Friday 12- 4 p.m. at The Atrium Building

November 27-December 3 • Daily 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Farmers Market Pavilion

City of Eugene Cultural Services and Office of Equity & Community Engagement are pleased to hostOregon is Indian Country.” The traveling exhibition is a direct result of the Oregon Tribe Project, a multi-year collaboration between Oregon Historical Society’s former Folklife Program and the nine federally recognized tribes in Oregon. The traveling exhibit consists of three vibrant panels of text and photography about the nine tribes. Each panel covers a different topic:

  • The Land
  • Federal Indian Policies
  • Traditions that Bind

Communities of Color & Allies Network First Friday Event

Friday, Dec. 1 • 4:30-7 p.m.

The Atrium Building

Hosted by Cultural Services and Office of Equity & Inclusion

Dr. David Lewis Presentation - Indigenous Histories of Eugene presentation 6-7 p.m.

Tribal historian and Oregon State University Professor David Lewis will share emerging research on the Indigenous histories of Eugene.  Lewis is a citizen of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, a descendant of the Takelma, Chinook, Molalla and Santiam Kalapuya peoples of western Oregon. He has engaged in research on the tribal histories of Northwest Coastal peoples, specializing in the Western Oregon Tribes.

Native American Arts and Crafts MarketNative American Arts and Craft Market

Sunday, Dec. 3 • 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Farmers Market Pavilion

Presented by Native American Arts & Crafts Market and City of Eugene Cultural Services

Come to the Native American Arts & Crafts Market at the Farmers Market Pavilion and shop for authentic beadwork, jewelry, graphic arts and clothing. Held on the first Sunday of every month in 2023, the NAACM is a gathering of Native American and Indigenous artists and crafters. The market’s mission is to provide a safe and supportive venue for the creativity of these skilled artisans.


Native American Heritage Month Library Book Display

The City of Eugene Downtown Library will honor Native American Heritage Month. Look for “This IS Kalapuya Land” trifold display in the library entry garden, plus a display of recommended books inside the library. 

Kalapuya Talking Stones

We invite you to use the map in this brochure to take a self-guided tour of the Talking Stones collection, which you will find throughout the Whilamut Natural Area of Alton Baker Park. The collection consists of fifteen basalt boulders carved with Yoncalla Kalapuya words. Their purpose is to revive Kalapuya language and honor Indigenous culture.

This is Kalapuyan Land Exhibit at LibraryThis is Kalapuyan Land Exhibit

Farmers Market Pavilion & Downtown Public Library

In partnership with Five Oaks Museum, the City of Eugene is honored to present “This IS Kalapuyan Land” at the Farmers Market Pavilion. This exhibit opened in 2019 as a physical installation at Portland’s Five Oaks Museum by Guest Curator Steph Littlebird Fogel (Grand Ronde, Kalapuya) and became an online exhibition in 2020. Fogel annotated panels from the museum’s outdated and problematic exhibit on Kalapuyan people, curated contemporary Native artwork into the exhibition and added historical content from Dr. David G. Lewis, a preeminent scholar on Western Oregon Tribes.

Culture Raising Public Art

Downtown Riverfront Park Fenceline

Displayed: June 10, 2022 until the next phase of the riverfront development is completed.

Presented by ArtCity, in partnership with City of Eugene Cultural Services and Parks and Open Space

Culture Raising” is a temporary public art project along a 100-foot fenceline in Downtown Riverfront Park. The artwork brings awareness to the Native American people and cultures in our community. Through this installation, the public will see larger-than-life faces of Native American people who live in our community.

Don Dexter Gallery 2024 Emerging Indigenous Artist Series

Indigenous artists are invited to apply to the 2024 Emerging Indigenous Artist Series. This series offers established and up-and-coming artists who identify as emerging and wish to participate in a curated group exhibition at the newly opened Don Dexter Gallery in Eugene, Oregon. Submissions are welcome in ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, weaving and mixed media. There is no entry fee. Visit  Don Dexter Gallery to learn more.

Learn More

The City of Eugene is built within the traditional homelands known as Kalapuya Ilihi. Kalapuya descendants are citizens of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community of Oregon and the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians of Oregon, they continue to make contributions in our communities here and across the lands.

Visit the websites for the organizations listed below for more information about the Indigenous histories of Oregon and to learn how you can support Indigenous communities.

The Nine Federally Recognized Tribes of Oregon

Burns Paiute Tribe, Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, Confederated, Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Coquille Indian Tribe, Cow Creek, Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, Klamath Tribes. Learn more about the nine tribes.

Lane Community College Longhouse

This multi-use facility available to all students and provides program and classroom space for culturally appropriate activities. Longhouse information 

Many Nations Longhouse

Many Nations Longhouse serves as a place of respite for American Indian/Alaskan Native students at the University of Oregon as they navigate their academic endeavors.

Kalapuya Talking Stones

Kalapuya Talking Stones are situated throughout the Whilamut Natural Area of Alton Baker Park and Springfield. The collection of fifteen basalt boulders, carved with Yoncalla Kalapuya words, revive Kalapuya language and honor indigenous culture through symbols that reflect the importance of traditional hunting and fishing grounds. Kalapuya Talking Stones information (PDF)

Native Land Digital

Native Land Digital creates spaces where non-Indigenous people are invited and challenged to learn more about the lands they inhabit, the history of those lands, and how to actively be part of a better future going forward together.

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two Spirit

Mission is to bring our missing indigenous women home and help the families cope and support them through the process of grief. MMIWG2S information


LANDBACK is a movement that has existed for generations with a long legacy of organizing and sacrifice to get Indigenous Lands back into Indigenous hands.

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