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The Making of Seaside’s “Indian Place”: Contested and Enduring Native Spaces on the Nineteenth Century Oregon Coast
Oregon Historical Quarterly
  • Douglas Deur, Portland State University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2016
Subjects
  • Human geography -- Oregon -- Seaside,
  • Indians of North America -- Oregon -- Seaside
Abstract
During the mid nineteenth century, non-Native settlement and activities disrupted and changed historic Chinook and Clatsop communities at the mouth of the Columbia River. Indian Place in what would be Seaside, Oregon, became home to a number of displaced peoples and an enclave where “the living gathered with the remains of the dead,” for “modest protection from the apocalyptic changes that so radically disrupted tribal lands, lives, and worldviews.” Douglas Deur documents tribal migration to the Indian Place during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and calls attention to many of its significant early residents. Transitional communities such as Indian Place, Deur attests, “defined the nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century Native experience in northwestern Oregon and beyond.” While the Indian Place no longer exists, it remains an “important [conduit] for tribal cultural knowledge, values, and practices that endure today.”
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Winner of the 2017 Joel Palmer Award for historical writing from the Oregon Historical Society.

© 2016 Oregon Historical Society. Originally published in the Oregon Historical Quarterly; Issue 117:4 and can be found online at: http://www.ohs.org/research-and-library/oregon-historical-quarterly/joel-palmer-award/upload/03_Deur_Indian-Place_OHQ-117_4_Winter-2016.pdf

DOI
10.5403/oregonhistq.117.4.0536
Persistent Identifier
http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/20970
Citation Information
Douglas Deur. (2016). The Making of Seaside's “Indian Place”: Contested and Enduring Native Spaces on the Nineteenth Century Oregon Coast. Oregon Historical Quarterly, 117(4), 536-573.