Tag Archives: Athabaskan

The annual Halloween-inspired post of strange stories

Halloween is coming, and the time of year when many love to hear stories of the uncanny, odd and unusual, bafflingly strange or downright scary tales.  So I am posting my annual compilation of tales and events of the odd, … Continue reading

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Tattooing of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw

Tattooing was a traditional art in many Native American communities, and in recent years many tribes have been reviving these customs. I’ll focus primarily on Coos Bay, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw (CLUS) tattoos in this post, along with what information … Continue reading

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Dentalium

Dentalium are white, tusk shaped shells that have been valued as money and beads for millenia among Native people. The usual dentalium people preferred in Oregon was a species known as Dentalium pretiosum. They are a kind of snail, living … Continue reading

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Grandmother Rock of Bandon

I recently visited my dad who lives at the place along the Coquille River where Grandmother Rock (also known as Tupper Rock, for a Capt. Tupper who once ran a hotel by it) once stood.  Poor grandmother!  She was a … Continue reading

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Camas Valley, Oregon

Near the headwaters of the Middle Fork of the Coquille River is a beautiful little valley, today called Camas Valley. Coos Bay people once followed a trail from Daniel’s Creek to Blue Ridge and out to Camas Valley. Lottie Evanoff … Continue reading

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