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Lake Oswego in Clackamas County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

the man from k̓axəʼkix returned with eels to feed his people

 
 
the man from k̓axəʼ kix returned with eels to feed his people Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 29, 2018
1. the man from k̓axəʼ kix returned with eels to feed his people Marker
Inscription. Ikanum are traditional stories. One such story from Victoria Howard of Grand Ronde is told about the area around Lake Oswego. The story tells of a particularly hostile winter, in which cold and starvation threatened the entire village of k̓axəʼkix (kosh-huk-shix). The headman of the village travelled to Willamette Falls in search of food. He returned with eels, and instructed the people on how to prepare and cook them. Those who followed his instructions survived. Those who did not, starved, and were turned to stone. - Clackamas texts

History

Since time immemorial, people have the area of Lake Oswego. The city encompasses the traditional land of the Clow-we-wal-la Band of Tum-water Indians of Willamette Falls, the Clackamas Chinook from the east side of the Willamette River, and the Tualitin Kalapuya from the Northern Willamette Valley.

The Willamette Valley Treaty of 1855, resulted in the removal of these people to the Grande Ronde Indian Reservation. The descendants of these people are members of The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community of Oregon, located an hour and half west of Lake Oswego in the town of Grande Ronde, Oregon.

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Victoria Howard was a Molalla/Clackamas woman who was born at Grand Ronde in 1865. She became an invaluable source of information for Anthropologist Melville Jacobs who interviewed Mrs. Howard extensively for her vast knowledge of local languages, songs, and traditional storytelling. These interviews resulted in numerous

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By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 29, 2018
2. the man from k̓axəʼkix returned with eels to feed his people Marker - Wide View
publications and recordings, preserving a critical piece of Oregon and local native history, spanning back to mythological times.
 
Erected by Chachalu Tribal Museum and Cultural Center, City of Lake Oswego.
 
Location. 45° 24.615′ N, 122° 39.595′ W. Marker is in Lake Oswego, Oregon, in Clackamas County. Marker can be reached from Old River Road south of Furnace Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lake Oswego OR 97034, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The First People (within shouting distance of this marker); Oswego Landing (within shouting distance of this marker); Lower Oswego Creek Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Salamander (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Green Street (about 500 feet away); Old Town (approx. 0.2 miles away); Iron Company Worker's Cottage (approx. mile away); George Rogers House - 1929 (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lake Oswego.
 
More about this marker. The marker is found in George Rogers Park, at the bottom of the stairway that leads to the landing and Willamette River.
 
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the man from k̓axəʼkix with eels (in steel and western red cedar, by Travis Stewart) image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 29, 2018
3. the man from k̓axəʼkix with eels (in steel and western red cedar, by Travis Stewart)
Victoria Howard 1865-1930 (Clackamas Chinook/Molalla)... image. Click for full size.
circa 1925
4. Victoria Howard 1865-1930 (Clackamas Chinook/Molalla)...
sorts hazel sticks for basket weaving in Grande Ronde.
<i>Willamette Falls</i> image. Click for full size.
Sketched by J. Drayton, Published by Jordan & Halpin, 1841
5. Willamette Falls
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 18, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 11, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 11, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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