Stories of the River, Stories of the People:
Memory on the Klamath River Basin
Exhibit: The pictures in the slideshow below represent a selection of those featured in the Stories of the River exhibit. Click play to watch the entire slide show or use the arrows to move forward/backward. Image uses are courtesy of the curator, artists and community members. For use permissions please contact us.
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The exhibit features a short film which plays on loop for visitors to watch as they contemplate the art work and cultural items. The film was produced by Brittani Raquel Orona with videography and editing by Michael Mahlon Orona.
About the Exhibit:
The Klamath River Basin has served as the source of continued cultural and physical sustenance for the Hupa, Karuk and Yurok people of Northwestern California. With the building of eight dams on the Klamath River between 1903-1962 these forms of sustenance were severely threatened. Grassroots activism to remove the dams arose out of a devastating 2002 salmon die off and directly perpetuated the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement of 2010.This exhibit is an effort to combine oral history and exhibition techniques to convey the cultural meaning and memory of the Klamath River to the tribes of the Northwest region of California.
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About the Curator:
Brittani Orona is an enrolled member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe and completed her Master of Arts in Public History at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) in Fall 2014. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History from Humboldt State University in 2010. She has worked at the California State Indian Museum, the California State Office of Historic Preservation, National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC, California State Archives, and the Maidu Museum and Historic Site.
She was an Executive Fellow '14-'15 through the Capital Fellows Program, at the California Government Operations Agency. Brittani currently works for the State of California as an Environmental Justice & Tribal Affairs Analyst. Brittani is interested in repatriation, federal Indian law, cultural resources management, environmental justice, and environmental history as they relate to California Indian tribes.