Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Fort Clatsop is pleased to announce the next In Their Footsteps free speaker series event. This program is Historical Perspective of Shell Money for
Oregon Coast Tribal Peoples presented by Lisa Brown on Sunday, March 20, at 1:00 p.m.
When west coast Indians bought food and other items, sometimes the exchange was not by barter, but by shell money. Lisa Brown will share information on the use of shells (Dentalium, Abalone, Clam & Olivella) by Tribal peoples. Participants may preview a reference page, Historical Perspective of Shell Money, at her website: http://allnativecreations.com/2006shellMONEYhistorical.pdf
Following the presentation, attendees may purchase materials to create dentalium or olivella shell earrings, or an olivella key chain, for 50 cents. Kits for a moccasin ornament will be available for $2.00. The Astoria-Warrenton KOA will be hosting similar workshops by Lisa that evening at 7:00 p.m. and Monday, March 21 at 11:00 a.m.
Lisa is a member of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, and a certified prevention specialist, working with families and local agencies to share resources pertinent to cultural assets of indigeneous peoples, as well as other ethnic groups.
She travels to conduct exhibitions and classes, and is available by appointment at her bead shop on the Siletz Reservation 12 miles east of Newport (www.allnativecreations.com or 541-351-0003).
This monthly Sunday forum is sponsored by the Lewis and Clark National Park Association and the park. These programs are held in the Netul River Room of Fort Clatsop's visitor center and are free of charge.