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Indigenous History of Oregon

A guide for learning about the histories of the Native peoples of Oregon, especially the Tualatin Kalapuya (Atfalati) tribe on whose land the Forest Grove & Hillsboro campuses of Pacific University stand.

Indigenous History of Oregon


Clackamas people at Willamette Falls, 1841. Source: Wilkes, Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition, v. 4, p. 345

The history of Oregon's indigenous peoples goes back to time immemorial. This guide is an introduction to their history, with links to more readings and sources.



The site was compiled by Pacific University's archivist, Eva Guggemos, MA, MLS, who is a non-Native with a background in academic historical scholarship. It is based on tribal web sites and other published sources. It has less authority than the voices of Natives , who are the ultimate authorities on their own histories. Corrections, comments, questions, etc. are welcome! See more about this guide.