Posted by Charlotte Behm on July 24, 2003 at 21:11:11:
In Reply to: The Kalapuya of the Upper Willamette Valley posted by Kevin Matthews on March 22, 2002 at 22:03:27:
I am a member of the Citizen Planning Committee of the Whilamut Natural Area of Alton Baker Park in Springfield and Eugene, Oregon. Last year, the 237-acre public park was renamed from the former name of "East Alton Baker Park," through a collaboration with people from the Kalapuya tribe. In September, 2002, we had a Kalapuya Naming Ceremony and in December, 2002 installed eleven Talking Stones with Kalapuya words and English translations.
I have been one of the key players in these events and I and the several hundreds of other people who have attended the several Kalapuya events in the park can testify to the fact that the Kalapuya are not extinct. The mayor of Eugene, in his State of the City address in 2003 discussed the Kalapuyas, not as extinct, but as current citizens, as he urged all city employees and others to go see the Talking Stones.
There were many reasons all of us have put so much effort into increasing the Kalapuya presence in our area. One of them is to dispel the rumors of extinction such as the one your web site is spreading.