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Native American Heritage - This IS Kalapuyan Land - November 2021

Text reading This IS Kalapuyan Land on a bright red background, with the word is emphasized.

Image Source: Five Oaks Musuem

"Museum at (Our Place): This IS Kalapuyan Land" is a yard sign exhibition featuring contemporary Native American artwork from an exhibition curated by Steph Littlebird Fogel at Washington County, Oregon's Five Oaks Museum.

Click on the artist names above to see and learn more about works on display around Pacific's Forest Grove campus in November 2021.

More resources from the exhibition:

Steph Littlebird Fogel (Kalapuya, Grand Ronde) curated the Five Oaks Museum full exhibition of This IS Kalapuyan Land. Click here to learn more about the full exhibition. In addition to curating contemporary Native artists, Fogel also used simple words and edits to reveal biases and reclaim her Tribal history in an old exhibition.

Meet Steph Little Fogel and learn more in the video below (originally made for kids visiting the exhibit, but fun for everyone!):

DeAnna Bear (Eastern Band Lenape) speaks about pride and truths of Native community in her work.

The beadwork by Jana Schmieding (Cheyenne River Lakota Sioux) shows how threads of family, tradition, meditative practice, Native pride, and visibility are all interwoven in her artwork.

Phillip Thomas (Chickasaw) inspires storytelling through his vibrant and dreamlike paintings that mix imagery from many origins.

Nestucca (Grand Ronde) paints contemplative works where figures appear in a haze that leaves their emotions and environment up to the viewer to fill in. This painting honors Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, an ongoing epidemic propelled by extractive oil "man camps" and lack of recognition by U.S. law enforcement.

Angelica Trimble-Yanu (Oglala Lakota Sioux) creates monotype prints of sacred landscapes that reference cultural presence across layers of time.

Carol Haskins (Grand Ronde) beads intricate animal motifs and cultural symbols into her work as a master beadworker and teacher.

Through his work, Greg A. Robinson (Chinook) revives, teaches, and shares ancient Chinookan style art with people across the region.

Derrick Lawvor (Modoc) transforms a classic “Western” object into an genrebending sculpture; is it a summer fruit, a PNW staple fish, or an otherworldly device?

Don Bailey overlays references to other artists, history, iconography, and pop culture in his paintings that shake up (Native) fine art. Don also has a long teaching history at Chemawa Boarding schools all over the U.S. forced youth to assimilate and violently removed Native culture - Chemawa is unique in having reclaimed the school and its mission to empower and protect Native youth today. [Learn more about Chemewa's roots as the Forest Grove Indian Industrial Training School in our guide to the Indigenous History of Oregon.]

Queer History Month - October 2021

Decorative image with the title, "Queer History Month" around a purple rectangle and looping rainbow.


Queer is an umbrella term used to be inclusive of all sexual and gender identities that challenge the norm.

(Definition borrowed from PCC; see Notes on Intersectionality)

October is Queer History Month and we're partnering with Pacific University's Center for Gender Equity (CGE) to celebrate!

As you explore the resources below, we want you to remember that libraries value privacy. Most of the books included in this guide are print copies, but may be available as ebooks. If you prefer the privacy of an ebook and we don't have it, you can always request a purchase.

Decorative image from the Center for Gender Equity's Instagram page promoting National Coming Out Day.October 11th is National Coming Out Day!

Join the CGE for coming out stories and a cupcake social from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Scott Hall, room 127. More details here.

Find more CGE events.

Exploring Identities & Relationships


Health Topics

For Educators

Notes on Intersectionality

Sexuality and gender identities are related to the other identities that people hold and the privileges associated with those identities. Individuals in the LGBTQ community not only hold LGBTQ identities but are also people of color, people with disabilities, immigrants, and people experiencing homelessness. Being LGBTQ is not a monolithic experience and neither are the needs to approach multiple forms of oppression within the community.

-  Safe Space Kit: A Guide to Supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Students in Your School (PDF) - GLSEN (2019)

The word queer is often taken as a catch-all reclaimed word for marginalized sexualities and genders, but queer activism and queer theory have generally had a wider remit: to challenge any cultural ideals around what is ‘normal’, to reveal where they come from, and the systems of power these serve... Like intersectional feminism, queer approaches recognize that the ways in which we experience ourselves are inevitably impacted by how we’re positioned in relation to gender, sexuality, race, class, disability, age, and much more – and that these aspects cannot be disentangled.

- Meg-John Barker, What is queer? (March 16, 2021) 

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