Beautiful Beadwork – OWPC: Museum

Messages communicated without words I am always amazed by the beautiful beadwork on display at the High Desert Museum where I volunteer. The carefully crafted pieces represent work by tribes of the Columbia Plateau in parts of modern-day Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Tribes represented include Umatilla, Wasco, Wishram, Paiute, Washo, Chehalis, Quinault, Nez Perce, Skokomish, … Continue reading Beautiful Beadwork – OWPC: Museum

Plateau Indian Beaded Moccasins: LAPC

I’m featuring pictures of Plateau Indian beaded moccasins for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge. The challenge this week is “A labor of love.” After so much was taken away from Native Americans, creating beadwork became a labor of love. They preserved parts of their culture by decorating everyday items. Prior to the European invasion of North … Continue reading Plateau Indian Beaded Moccasins: LAPC

Beaded bags: LPM Photo Adventure

These beaded bags are some of my favorite works of art. The bags are part of a display at The Museum at Warm Springs. In this region, work with beads began in earnest in the early 1800s. The beads, created in the glass shops of Venice, Italy, were transported across oceans, mountains, and plains. Settlers, … Continue reading Beaded bags: LPM Photo Adventure

Oregon Trail – Baker City: Visiting History

On the Oregon Trail      “We’re almost there,” Pa said. He pointed towards a low sagebrush-covered hill. “It’s just over that rise.”      “How many times have you said that, Pa?” I said to myself. I shaded my eyes and looked at the dismal landscape. Dusty sagebrush and clumps of dry grass for as far … Continue reading Oregon Trail – Baker City: Visiting History

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum

We stumbled upon the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in northern Oregon one autumn day . The Center opened in 1997 but we had never been there. Wouldn’t you like to have a river winding across your floor like this one in the entry hall? How about a cedar dugout canoe? Some were up to 50 … Continue reading Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum

2018 Favorite Photos: LAPC

It’s always hard to pick favorite photos at the end of the year. Here are several representing nature, history, and culture. Enjoy and have a great New Year! Favorite Photos – Nature Favorite Photos – History Favorite Photos – Culture Maybe my most favorite photo from 2018… Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Photographic review of 2018

Native American Women, Their Art, and the Photographs of Edward S. Curtis Exhibit

The Photographs of Edward S. Curtis in the By Her Hand Exhibit This exhibition features portraits of Native women by photographer Edward S. Curtis from the collection of Christopher G. Cardozo. Curtis took the featured photographs over a 30-year period as part of a project to document Native American’s lifestyle and culture in a time … Continue reading Native American Women, Their Art, and the Photographs of Edward S. Curtis Exhibit

High Desert Museum – A place of wonder

Tucked away in the pines south of Bend, you will find a magical place. The High Desert Museum may not be what you expect when you see the word “Museum” in its name. Yes, it does have artifacts in permanent and rotating exhibits but they are beautifully displayed in buildings that blend into the environment. … Continue reading High Desert Museum – A place of wonder

Warm Springs Museum – Native American history

Wasco, Warm Springs, & Northern Paiute peoples The Warm Springs Museum, located in Warm Springs, Oregon, is impressive inside and out. As you approach the building, note the interesting architecture that echoes some of the structures local tribes lived in. Be sure to view the building from the back as well. The building honors the … Continue reading Warm Springs Museum – Native American history