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From The Oregon State University Press
The First Oregonians
Second Edition
Edited by Laura Berg
360 pp. / 7 x 10 / b&w photographs / 2007
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Originally published in 1991, The First Oregonians has been revised and expanded for a new generation of Oregonians. It provides a comprehensive view of Oregon's native peoples

"This book goes even further than the previous edition toward rectifying decades of racially biased history and media commentary, which tended to portray Indians either as a vanished race of savages or a helpless minority stripped of their lands, cultures, and identities. Individually and collectively, these essays enable Native Americans to take the lead in telling their own stories of survival, adaptation, resistance, and recovery. "
— Andrew Fisher, Professor of History at the College of William and Mary
from the past to the present.

In this remarkable volume, Oregon Indians tell their own stories more than half of the chapters are written by members of Oregon's nine federally recognized tribes. Using oral histories and personal recollections, these chapters vividly depict not only a history of decimation and decline, but also a contemporary view of cultural revitalization, renewal, and continuity. The First Oregonians also includes essays by prominent Northwest scholars exploring geography, federal-Indian relations, language, and art.

No other book offers as wide a variety of views and stories about the historical and contemporary experience of Oregon Indians. The First Oregonians is the definitive volume for anyone interested in the fascinating story of Oregon's first peoples.

Contributors: C. Melvin Aikens, Stephen Dow Beckham, Marilyn Couture, Douglas Deur, Yvonne Hajda, Eugene Hunn, Dell Hymes, Jennifer Karson, Robert Kentta, Bill Mercer, Brent Merrill, Wil Phinney, Michael Rondeau, Howard P. Roy, Minerva T. Soucie, Kathryn Anne Toepel, George B. Wasson, Jr., and Elizabeth Woody.