Exhibitions : Museum Of Natural & Cultural History, University Of Oregon

Oregon - Where Past is Present
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Experience 15,000 years of Northwest cultural history and 200 million years of geology. Realistic environmental displays portray four geographic regions of Oregon, each a different time in history. The Great Basin environment portrays an autumn, 6,000 years ago, when the area we now know as desert, bloomed with abundance. View a traditionally made wikiup and a cache of tui chubs, a food staple. One of North America's largest Native fishing and trading centers at Celilo Falls is illustrated in the Columbia Plateau environment during the summer fishing season some 250 years ago. Observe up close the span of a fishing net used at the Falls for over 10,000 years. Chinook Salmon illustration A highlight of the Pacific Coast environment is a three-dimensional replica of a traditional winter plank house, situated in village at the mouth of an inland estuary around 1,500 years ago. In the Western Valleys, view a mural of Native women gathering camas roots during the spring harvest, in a valley surrounded by an oak savanna and a pine forest some 1,000 years ago. Murals of these four regions have been painted by Don Prechtel, an Oregon artist known for historically accurate paintings of the Western frontier and Native American culture. You can find more information on Don at www.prechtelfineart.com.

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