Cultural Connections’ show host Dane Tippman interviews Ivan Mann and Karen Crump of the Chetco Indian Memorial Project. The goal of this project is to design and construct a historical marker to commemorate the history of the Chetco Indian people. In 2009 this group secured an almost one-half acre plot of land, dedicated in perpetuity to the memorial. This donated property sits directly atop the remains of a Chetco Indian Village site, located near the mouth of the Chetco River.
In our interview, we learn from our guests about the history of the project, how it began, and the obstacles it has faced throughout the years. We talk about its supporters and those who have donated time and financial support to the project. We share stories from the history of our area, and about the Chetco people and their settlements and beliefs. Our guests field questions submitted by Brookings-Harbor High School graduate Amber Boulley, and by Brookings-Harbor High School teachers Sean Bavaro and Kelly Garvin. We also discuss relationships with tribal organizations such as the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon, the Confederated Tribes of the Lower Rogue, and the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation.
Listeners who would like to support the efforts of the project can visit the project’s website to donate to this non-profit: http://chetcoindianmemorial.com.
At the time of this article, a Go Fund Me campaign is active to support the establishment of a statue of Lucy Dick, who is regarded as the last known full-blooded Chetco woman to live in the Chetco valley: https://www.gofundme.com/chetcoindianmemorial.
You can also greet leaders and members of the project at a booth they plan to set up at the upcoming Southern Oregon Kite Festival.
Host: Dane Tippman
Guests: Milo Mann, Karen Crump
Producer: Dane Tippman
Recording Tech: Dane Tippman
Sound Editor: Dane Tippman
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Photo by Dane Tippman, edited by Jessica Tippman