Painting by John Mix Stanley, "Mountain Landscape with Indians," ca. 1847-1853, Detroit Institute of Arts.  Our sole depiction of a traditional Chinookan village.  Mt. Hood in the background; somewhere in the Columbia River Gorge.
Painting by John Mix Stanley, “Mountain Landscape with Indians,” ca. 1847-1853, Detroit Institute of Arts. Our sole depiction of a traditional Chinookan village. Mt. Hood in the background; somewhere in the Columbia River Gorge.

 

 

 

 

Welcome

Welcome to my website! For forty years I have been researching and writing about the early history and traditional cultures of the Native American peoples of the Pacific Northwest.  This website is an introduction my research and the books that have resulted from it. I look forward to sharing this information with you.

— Robert T. Boyd

Updates from Bob

“Celebrate Native heritage at Willamette Falls” May 18 op ed in Oregon City News

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I’m a bit late posting this, but here’s the link to my May 18 op ed in the Oregon City News, “Celebrate Native heritage at Willamette Falls”: portlandtribune.com/cr/28-opinion/306897-183016-celebrate-native-heritage-at-willamette-falls  It’s my second media suggestion (after the October 2015 Oregonian op ed) … Read More

New Oregon Encyclopedia online articles on Portland Native Peoples

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The Oregon Encyclopedia has just published my “Wapato (Wappato) Valley Indians,” and “Portland Basin Chinookan Villages in the 1800s” (with Henry Zenk).  If you want the basics on Portland Native peoples, read these!  Both provide thumbnail sketches of that data … Read More

Our article “Chinookan Villages of the Lower Columbia” is out in the spring OHQ!

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After a year’s work, our article on “Chinookan Villages of the Lower Columbia” just came out in the Spring 2016 Oregon Historical Quarterly.  Authors are Henry Zenk, Yvonne Hajda, and myself.  I’ve known Henry and Yvonne for over thirty years, … Read More

Kickstarter campaign for “Before Portland” launches Wednesday, March 9

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Now that the UW Press advance contract has been signed, it’s time to get funding in place for the next fourteen months until the manuscript is due May 1, 2017.  To that end, I’ve set up a Kickstarter campaign titled … Read More

“Before Portland” book contract signed

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Good news!  On March 1 I signed an advance contract with the University of Washington Press for “Before Portland: the Native Americans’ Wappato Valley.”  A completed manuscript is due in the Press’s Seattle office May first 2017.  (No, I receive … Read More

Henry Perkins talk at The Dalles

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On February 6 I gave a talk at the old county courthouse in The Dalles titled “Henry Perkins, forgotten Oregon Missionary.”  It was a repeat of a talk I gave at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles in … Read More