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Kalapuya: Native Americans of the Willamette Valley, Oregon

This guide was written by former LCC librarian Don Macnaughtan. This guide is no longer being updated.

General Histories of Western Oregon Indians


Chief Jake Fern, a Yoncalla Kalapuya, and his wife.  Chief Fern was descended from Camafeema, whose name means "fern."  Many of Camafeema’s descendants used Fern as a surname.

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  8. Douthit, Nathan. Uncertain Encounters: Indians and Whites at Peace and War in Southern Oregon, 1820s - 1860s. Corvallis: Oregon State UP, 2002. Print.
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  10. Hajda, Yvonne. "The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon." The First Oregonians: An Illustrated Collection of Essays on Traditional Lifeways, Federal-Indian Relations, and the State's Native Peoples Today. Ed. Carolyn M. Buan and Richard Lewis. Portland: Oregon Council for the Humanities, 1991. 95-100. Print.
  11. Hall, Roberta L. The Coquille Indians: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. Lake Oswego: Smith, Smith and Smith, 1984. Print.
  12. Hannon, Nan, and Richard K. Olmo, ed. Living with the Land: The Indians of Southwest Oregon: The Proceedings of the 1989 Symposium on the Prehistory of Southwest Oregon. Medford: Southern Oregon Historical Soc., 1990. 149-151.  Print.
  13. Juntunen, Judy Rycraft. The World of the Kalapuya: A Native People of Western Oregon. Philomath: Benton County Historical Society and Museum, 2005. Print.
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  16. Nelson, Kurt R. Treaties and Treachery: The Northwest Indians' Resistance to Conquest. Caldwell: Caxton, 2011. eBook.
  17. O'Donnell, Terence. An Arrow in the Earth: General Joel Palmer and the Indians of Oregon. Portland: Oregon Historical Society, 1992. Print.
  18. Olson, Tracy. "Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde." Native America in the Twentieth Century: An Encyclopedia. Ed. Mary B. Davis. New York: Garland, 1994. 135-137. eBook.
  19. Ramsey, Jarold. Coyote Was Going There: Indian Literature of the Oregon Country. 1st ed. Seattle: U of Washington, 1980. Print.
  20. Rubin, Rick. Naked Against the Rain: The People of the Lower Columbia River, 1770-1830. Portland: Far Shore Press, 1999.  Print.
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  22. Ruby, Robert H. Indians of the Pacific Northwest: A History. Norman: U of Oklahoma Press, 1981.  Print.
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  27. Van Laere, M. Susan. Fine Words & Promises: A History of Indian Policy and Its Impact on the Coast Reservation Tribes of Oregon in the Last Half of the Nineteenth Century. Philomath: Serendip Historical Research, 2010. Print.
  28. Whaley, Gray H. Oregon and the Collapse of Illahee: U.S. Empire and the Transformation of an Indigenous World, 1792-1859. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina, 2010. eBook.
  29. Wilkinson, Charles F. The People Are Dancing Again: The History of the Siletz Tribe of Western Oregon. Seattle: U of Washington, 2010. eBook.
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