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Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde

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Come and learn about the history and culture of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.  Oregon City lies within the traditional homelands of the Clackamas and Tumwater Chinooks.  In the late 1850’s they were relocated to the Grand Ronde Reservation.  Today, members of the Grand Ronde Tribes maintain a close connection to the area. 

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You can come and learn about the history of the Tribe, traditional foods, traditional and contemporary basketry and much more.  Learn more about the history and culture of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde by visiting us online.

www.grandronde.org

The Oregon State/Mt. Hood Territory Visitor Center is currently featuring beaded items for sale from the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde. For pricing information please contact us at 503-657-9336.

Beaded items information: Many of the beaded necklaces include a variety of materials traditionally used by Tribes and contemporary elements.  The shell in the necklaces is dentalium.  The dentalium  is found in the ocean, including sites along the west coast.  In the past, the dentalium was used as Indian money.  Tribal people would have marks on their arms for measuring lengths of the stringed dentalium.  These lengths had a certain value as well as the size of the dentalium.  They are often found in necklaces and traditional clothing attire of local tribal people.  A variety of beads are used including old trade beads that are prized by the Tribes.