Some of the Presentations include:
A Partial List of Lecture Topics
Pat gives lectures on Columbia River Native American Culture,
Heritage, and Basketry. Lectures are 45 to 50 minutes long
and Pat provides artifacts as visual aides for the audience.
Suggested Fee is $300.00 per lecture plus expenses.
Please contact the artist for
at right: Pat conducting a lecture at the High Desert Museum
in Bend, Oregon
Brief Chinook Nation History: The largest Native Community
during pre-contact time. At the mouth of the Columbia River, they
participated in international trade prior to Lewis and Clark, 1806.
Plateau Native People Heritage: The Native Tribes in the
semi-arid region along the mid-Columbia River. Salmon and Trade
were important parts of their lifestyle.
Columbia River Native Women: Historically, the Native Nations
were matriarchal. Women could own property, partake in politics,
and preserved the language and culture. Currently, women own businesses,
are lawyers, and continue to preserve the traditional culture.
Columbia River Native Basketry: Twined baskets are the
common basketry form. Twining technique makes them strong. They
were used for storage of food items, and personal items. They were
made from local indigenous plants. This artform has been passed
down from generation to generation.
From Traditional to Contemporary Native Arts: Currently,
Native artists are using contemporary methods to interpret and create
their artwork, yet remain true to their traditions. Techniques include
oil and water paints, sculptures, glass work, metal work, pen and
ink, cartoon work, etc.
Columbia River People Innovators: Learn what makes the Columbia
People unique. Why baskets are made with special plant fiber, why
they are made the way they are, the unique dip-net fishing, the
special technique of preserving their food for the following year,
Art and Heritage of the Columbia River People: A summary
of the downriver Native People and upriver Native People (Plateau).
Learn the different ways each adapted to their wet and dry climates,
what was sacred to each culture, how the clothing and basketry differed,
and the importance of the River to each Nation.
Native Womens View of Lewis and Clark: All the books
written about Lewis and Clark were from a white mans perspective.
Learn about the Native Peoples view of Lewis and Clark. How
did the Columbia River matriarchal society see Lewis and Clark?
What did they think of the smelly bearded men who ignored the sacred
salmon in preference for dog meat?