Local Learning and Resources
OPB’s Oregon Experience - Broken Treaties
Hundreds of books exist about the Lewis and Clark expedition and the decades of pioneers who followed them West. But even today, most Oregonians don't know much about the people who had settled here centuries before "the settlers" came. "Broken Treaties" introduces viewers to the tribes of our state and explores a thread of the Oregon story that hasn't been told very well over the years.
Two Spirits, One Heart, Five Genders
For European settlers the Original Peoples way of life was perplexing, including the the Two Spirits tradition.“The New World.” This romanticized term inspired legions of Europeans to race to the places we live in search of freedoms from oppressive regimes or treasures that would be claimed in the name of some European nation.
At the point of contact, all Native American societies acknowledged three to five gender roles: Female, male, Two Spirit female, Two Spirit male and transgendered. LGBT Native Americans wanting to be identified within their respective tribes and not grouped with other races officially adopted the term “Two Spirit” from the Ojibwe language in Winnipeg, Manitoba, 1989.
REMEMBRANCE How do you reconcile a lynching?
It starts with remembrance. For three years, ORP, the Coos History Museum, and the City of Coos Bay worked to memorialize Alonzo Tucker, Oregon's only documented African American victim of lynching, into the collective memory and collective consciousness of Oregon. This work began February 29, 2020 with a soil collection ceremony for Alonzo Tucker near the spot where he was killed. Two jars of soil were collected. One was sent back to a museum in Montgomery and the other was put on display at the Coos History Museum. On June 19, 2021, a historical marker was installed in Coos Bay to honor Alonzo Tucker and the thousands of other African Americans who were lynched in the United States. This historical marker has become a permanent fixture in the geographic memory of Coos Bay and represents a community's intentional commitment to finding justice for historical injustice
Black Land taken by City of Portland & Emanuel (Lutheran) Hospital, Now Legacy Emanuel
Learn more about an untold history in Portland, and how parts of it are related to our Lutheran heritage.
Vanport by OPB’s Oregon Experience
What does it mean to become rooted in the land? How can we become better relatives to our greatest teacher, the Earth? Becoming Rooted, Randy Woodley's upcoming book, invites us to live out a deeply spiritual relationship with the whole community of creation and with Creator.
Through meditations and ideas for reflection and action, Randy Woodley, an activist, author, scholar, and Cherokee descendant, recognized by the Keetoowah Band, guides us on a one-hundred-day journey to reconnect with the Earth. Woodley invites us to come away from the American dream--otherwise known as an Indigenous nightmare--and get in touch with the water, land, plants, and creatures around us, with the people who lived on that land for thousands of years prior to Europeans' arrival, and with ourselves. In walking toward the harmony way, we honor balance, wholeness, and connection.
Creation is always teaching us. Our task is to look, and to listen, and to live well. She is teaching us now.
There is an invitation to begin reading it on January 12 as a daily devotion. The last day will be on EARTH Day, April 22. This will also tie into Creator's Lent devotions this year and there is a liturgy attached to the book as well.
Becoming Rooted will be available January, 2022. Click on the photo to link to order form.