Category Archives: History

Sea Serpents

Sea Serpents appear in stories around the world – and not only in the ocean but in large lakes as well, perhaps most famously of contemporary ‘lake monster’ stories is “Nessie” of Loch Ness. All along the Pacific Northwest coast, … Continue reading

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Whatever happened to Minnehaha

Unlike the previous stories, this one is not about a mythological being (or, since many believe in the existence of bigfoot I might say, presumed mythological), but about a real person. I first wrote about Minnehaha’s mysterious disappearance in 2013. It’s time … Continue reading

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Wild Beings of the Wood

This was first published 2/4/13. The eshon (rhymes with the English word ‘ashen’) was a dangerous entity that lurked in lonely places in the hills.  They are distinct from the Giant People/Forest people written about yesterday, as they are not regarded as malevolent. … Continue reading

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Shuutlits (Forest Fires) and the Willanch Monster

This was first posted October 13 2015. I’ve edited a little from the original. For millennia, coastal Oregon Indian people often set fires to manage the landscape to encourage the growth of desired plants– annually in camas and tarweed (Madia) fields, and … Continue reading

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Jim Buchanan’s testimony at Chemawa

This is the full document I mentioned yesterday. It’s a transcript of Jim Buchanan testifying before some Congressional reps visiting Chemawa in 1932. Frank Drew acted as interpreter. In 1990 Dr. Beckham added some editorial notes in square brackets (this … Continue reading

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Well, THAT explains things a bit more

Unidentified man in photo taken at Fort Umpqua, 1857-1862 So back in 2014 I wrote about finding an 1860s newspaper article on the Indians of the Alsea Subagency attacking an employee, Thomas Clark or Clarke (who was supposed to teach … Continue reading

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Raid on the Siuslaw: Part 2

Photo of  Tankuksii (Indian Dan, Dan Johnson, Dan Quixote), a Lower Umpqua man who might have been part of the party that fought off the Chinook raiders.   Yesterday I wrote about some of the Siuslaw chiefs involved in the … Continue reading

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