Exhibit Opening: An Unending Line: Native American Portraits in Lane County, 1870-2019

The Springfield Museum’s latest exhibit, “An Unending Line: Native American Portraits in Lane County, 1870-2019”, is opening Friday, November 8, 2019 at the Springfield Museum. The exhibit will run from November 8 to November 30, 2019.

This is a collaborative exhibit with the Lane County History Museum, the Springfield Museum, and the Chifin Native Youth Center, created to celebrate Native American Heritage Month throughout November.

The earliest photographs come from the collections of the Lane County History Museum and the Springfield Museum, and cover the period of time following the Treaty of Dayton, which was signed in 1855. The Treaty stripped the Kalapuya of their lands in the Willamette Valley and culminated in forcible resettlement to the Grand Ronde Reservation. Despite the adversity they faced, local Native Americans still found ways to honor and continue their cultural traditions. Many of these photographs show signs of the social fractures created by these forced changes: itinerant workers from the Warm Springs reservation that traveled for work and the perpetuation of a false narrative that clamed Native Americans were a people facing extinction.

The color photographs were shared by students, their families, and staff of the Chifin Native Youth Center. This exhibit aims to remind folks that Native Peoples who are indigenous to our community are still here, active, intergenerational, and diverse. It is a celebration of the Native Peoples in Springfield today, who hail from many different tribes and nations across our country.

The opening reception will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. during the Downtown Springfield Second Friday Art Walk on Friday, November 8 at the Museum.

Regular museum hours are 1-4 p.m., Thursday-Saturday. Admission is free! For more information, visit us on Facebook and Instagram, or call 541.726.2300.

What: “An Unending Line: Native American Portraits in Lane County, 1870-2019” exhibit

When:  On display November 8 to November 30, 2019 with a reception from 5-8 p.m., Friday, November 8

Where:  Springfield Museum, 590 Main Street, Springfield, OR

Additional Information: Madeline McGraw, 541.726.3677 or mmcgraw@springfield-or.gov


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