THIS IS KALAPUYAN LAND at the Tran Library
Join Pacific University for THIS IS KALAPUYAN LAND is a panel exhibition presented by the Student Multicultural Center, The Forest Grove Library and the Five Oaks Museum, which will be displayed at the Tran Library on Forest Grove Campus from Nov. 1 to 30, during Native American Heritage Month.
THIS IS KALAPUYAN LAND opened in 2019 as a physical museum exhibition by guest curator Steph Littlebird Fogel (Grand Ronde, Kalapuya) and became an online exhibition in 2020. Fogel annotated panels from the museum’s prior exhibit on the Kalapuyan people, curated contemporary Native artwork into the exhibition, and added historical content from David G. Lewis, who is a preeminent scholar on Western Oregon tribes. The exhibition prompts critical thinking around representation of Indigenous history and identity in non-Indigenous institutions.
THIS IS KALAPUYAN LAND acts as both a museum exhibition title and land acknowledgment. It is also a declaration of perpetual stewardship by the Kalapuyan people. “We have always been here, we will always be here.” — Excerpt from Decentering Whiteness in the Museum, by Steph Littlebird Fogel
Join Fogel for a virtual conversation at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, on the Forest Grove City Library's YouTube channel.
She is the 2020-2021 Fellow with the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. A widely published writer, she is currently writing a series about "Indigenous Resilience" for Oregon Arts Watch Magazine with the support of the Oregon Cultural Trust.
As an artist, Fogel's work combines traditional aesthetics with contemporary materials and subject matter to forge connections between our collective past and imminent future. Her works frequently engage issues related to present-day Indigenous identities, marginalized histories, and responsible land stewardship.