Coquille Indian Tribe members will discuss tribal culture, history and future

Coquille Indian Tribe members will come together for a dialogue about the nation's history and current direction as part of Willamette University's Indian Country Conversations series.

"Dialogue Across Generations: Voices from the Coquille Tribe" will take place in Ford Hall at 7 p.m. April 9. It is free and open to the public.

Three generations of leadership are represented in the group, and they will speak in order of seniority with George Wasson Jr. speaking first. Wasson is an elder, former Coquille tribal council member and retired University of Oregon staff member.

Wasson will be followed by Don Ivy, who researches and teaches cultural traditions of the Coquille people as Cultural Resources Coordinator for the tribe.

Shirod Younker, program manager of "Journeys In Creativity: Explorations in Native American Art and Culture" at Oregon College of Art and Craft, will follow. Younker is involved with other tribal members in the contemporary renewal of Coquille canoe traditions.
The Indian Country Conversations series was established in 2005 by Willamette President M. Lee Pelton to bring guests from Indian country to the campus and broader Willamette Valley for dialogue, teaching and learning.

The series is sponsored by the President's Office and the College of Liberal Arts. It is coordinated by anthropology Professor Rebecca Dobkins, in consultation with the university's community-based Native American Advisory Council.