Kalapuya Wetlands

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Photos by Greg Archuleta, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Indians

Willamette Wetlands of the Kalapuya,” is a long-awaited mural project due to begin painting on May 2nd 2022. It is an integral part of a public collaborative project sponsored by citizen groups, non-profits and the City of Eugene in collaboration with the Kalapuya tribes of the Willamette Valley. Students at Boys & Girls Club and community volunteers will assist painting under the direction of the artists (See Creative Team below). The mural will illustrate the Kalapuya people harvesting native plants, preparing plants for food, medicine and spiritual observance through the annual seasonal round in the traditional manner that are still practiced today.

The mural is part of a larger project called the “Kalapuya Cultural Project and Wetlands Preservation” sponsored by Beyond Toxics and Friendly Area Neighbors Equity Action Team. The project includes an informational kiosk, this web page, development of environmental and cultural curriculum, and enhancement of the park wetlands to preserve and expand the presence of the significant native plants within these sites.

The mural will be painted on the east wall of the Dr. Edwin Coleman Jr. Community Center that houses the Boys & Girls Club of Emerald Valley. The building was renamed for Dr. Coleman in honor of his life and legacy as a University of Oregon professor, musician, and strong advocate for civil and human rights. These prior murals, sponsored by Friendly Area Neighbors Equity Action Team and the City of Eugene, feature visual statements on inclusion and social justice (Visit https://www.friendlyareaneighbors.org/dr-edwin-coleman-jr-center-mural-project.html for more information). This newest mural on the Coleman Center reaches back into history to commemorate the Kalapuya presence on this land prior to European pioneers.

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The image above is a portion of a graphic representation of what the mural will likely look like.


Plants

Willamette Valley Gumweed
Grindelia integrifolia

Plants

Tarweed
Madia sp.
TUKWA

Plants

Narrowleaf Mule’s Ears
Wyethia angustifolia
UAMELK TEPOK

Plants

Cut-leaf Microseris
Microseris laciniata
Cut-leaf Silverpuff

Plants

Barestem Biscuitroot
Lomatium nudicaule
ALU’T

Plants

Common Camas
Camassia quamash
ANDIP

Plants

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The Creative Team behind the mural

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L to R: Standing: Lisa Arkin, Nancy Bray and Jennifer Eisele; Seated: Susan Applegate and Esther Stutzman

Our creative team consists of muralist Susan Applegate and Kalapuya tribal elder Esther Stutzman. They both live in Yoncalla, where the Applegate pioneer family and the Yoncalla Komemma Band of the Kalapuya have had a long and friendly relationship dating back to the 1850s. Esther Stutzman received the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Governor’s Art Award for her work in Oregon as a traditional Kalapuya/Coos storyteller.

Local artist Esteban Camacho Stevenson who previously designed and painted the “Music and Social Justice Mural” on the west side of the Coleman Center will assist Susan Applegate with painting the mural and we are excited he has joined the team to complete this project.

Nancy Bray is on the Board of Friendly Area Neighbors and has worked collaboratively throughout all phases of this project. As a member of the FAN Equity Action Team, she brings her experience from coordinating three existing murals at the Dr. Edwin Coleman Jr. Community Center which houses the Boys & Girls Club of Emerald Valley. Nancy helps organize work parties to preserve and enhance the Westmoreland Wetlands in partnership with the City of Eugene Parks & Open Space.

Sources for information about native Willamette Valley plants:

Willamette Valley Gumweed

https://www.wnps.org/native-plant-directory/130:grindelia-integrifolia https://bufordpark.org/products/grindelia-integrifolia http://biology.burke.washington.edu/herbarium/imagecollection/taxon.php?Taxon=Grindelia%20i ntegrifolia
https://mountpisgaharboretum.org/learn/plant-list/grindelia-integrifolia/ https://pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Grindelia

 

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Tarweed

Whereat-Phillips, Patricia. Ethnobotany of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians, Oregon State University Press, 2016. ProQuest Ebook Central, http://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/uoregon/detail.action?docID=5092035.
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https://plants.usda.gov/DocumentLibrary/plantguide/pdf/pg_masa.pdf http://biology.burke.washington.edu/herbarium/imagecollection/taxon.php?Taxon=Madia%20sativa

 

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Narrowleaf Mule’s Ears

Chapter 4 Native Peoples’ Relationship to the California Chaparral M. Kat Anderson and Jon E. Keeley p. 87-88 https://egret.org/sites/default/files/andersonkeeley2018.pdf
Native american ethnobotany database - http://naeb.brit.org/uses/search/?string=wyethia
Seven Oaks Native Nursery -
https://www.sevenoaksnativenursery.com/native-plants/perennials-and-bulbs/wyethia-angustifolia/

 

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Cut-leaf Microseris

http://naeb.brit.org/uses/22985/
http://biology.burke.washington.edu/herbarium/imagecollection/taxon.php?Taxon=Microseris%2 0laciniata%20ssp.%20laciniata
https://www.pnwflowers.com/flower/microseris-laciniata
https://denix.osd.mil/nr/focus-areas/habitat/habitat-restoration/reports/strategy-for-the-cooperativ e-recovery-of-rare-species-affecting-training-ranges-native-seed-production-strategy-a-key-piec e-of-south-puget-sound-prairie-conservation-november-2011-legacy-09-213/

 

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Common Camas

Whereat-Phillips, Patricia, and Nancy J Turner. Ethnobotany of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians. Oregon State UP, 2016. Web.

 

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Barestem Biscuitroot

Turner, Nancy J.. Ancient Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge : Ethnobotany and Ecological Wisdom of Indigenous Peoples of Northwestern North America, McGill-Queen's University Press, 2014.
ProQuest Ebook Central, http://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/uoregon/detail.action?docID=3332764. Created from uoregon on 2021-12-04 04:39:21.
https://mountpisgaharboretum.org/learn/plant-list/lomatium-nudicaule/

 

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