Many people use the collective term "Native Art of the Pacific Northwest." However, there were many differences between tribes in Oregon and tribes in Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska. For example, historically, totem poles weren't part of Oregon's tribal cultures. Portland State University scholar-in-residence Dr. Tracy J. Prince uses historical photos to demonstrate how Oregon's tribes showed artistic expression via basketry; canoes; longhouses; beadwork (on clothing, necklaces, headdresses, and cradleboards); burial platforms; and rock art (petroglyphs and pictographs). Oregon’s tribal traditions faced an extreme impact in the 1950s when 62 Oregon tribes were terminated by the government. Yet, today many Native Americans in Oregon are active in reclaiming and teaching cultural traditions.
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