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Recordings of 2022 Learning Our Landscape
The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe and North Olympic History Center have partnered to bring you this series exploring the rich history, culture, and environment of the North Olympic Peninsula. Join us on the second Thursday of the month (except February) at 3 p.m. on Zoom as we use the tools of modern science, tribal ecological knowledge, and history to gain a better understanding and appreciation of this remarkable and resilient landscape.
January--Ethnography and Ethnobotany of the Sequim-Dungeness Valley,
With David Brownell, Executive Director, North Olympic History Center
The S’Klallam people have a deep and ancient connection with the plants and animals of the Olympic Peninsula. Originally dotted with at least 10 prairies and extensive wetlands, the landscape of the Sequim-Dungeness valley has been heavily modified for the past century. We will use ethnographic and research materials to “reconstruct” the landscape and understand how S’Klallam ancestors thrived for millennia on its bountiful resources.
February--Rise and Fall and Rise Again of Olympia Oysters
Join Neil Harrington of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe’s Natural Resources Department as he talks about the history of Washington’s only native oyster and the Tribe’s present day efforts to restore and protect these iconic shellfish. Neil Harrington has been with the Tribe since 2012 as an Environmental Biologist in Natural Resources working on shellfish and phytoplankton.
March--A Walk in the Woods
ƛ̕əw'cən Mackenzie Grinnell, Traditional Foods & Culture Program Coordinator, takes us on a virtual walk through the woods, pointing out things that may go unnoticed and bringing your attention to some of the finer relationships that exist in our world.
April--Restoring Salmon Productivity in northern Olympic Peninsula Streams
Randy Johnson, Habitat Program Manager, will discuss how human impacts have severely reduced salmon productivity in northern Olympic Peninsula streams and estuaries, and the methods being used to restore productivity. Human impacts include migration barriers, diking and floodplain loss, logjam removals, residential developments, bank hardening, and water withdrawals. We will address how restoration practitioners are addressing these impacts and reducing downward trends in salmon productivity.
May-Garry Oak Restoration
Bob Steelquist will discuss the history of oaks in the Pacific Northwest and restoration efforts underway in Sequim, Whidbey Island, the San Juans and Vancouver Island. His studies, as well as those of scientific literature, oral
histories, and archaeological evidence within the region shows that Native people actively managed oak landscapes and exchanged acorns. He will address the important role of Tribes in advocating for and restoring oaks and prairies as well as bringing to light the legacy of “First Stewards” in shaping the landscape we see now, and preparing us and the land for climate change.
June-Paleochannels of the Dungeness
David Brownell, Executive Director of the North Olympic History Center, will discuss the shifting "paleochannels" of the Dungeness River and establish an environmental and anthropological framework to reach a better understanding of the history of the Dungeness River valley since the end of the last ice age. We will look at archaeological, geological and other evidence to "recreate" the landscape of the North Olympic Peninsula as it adapted to changes in climate, biology and other factors. (link to follow soon)
The Ozette Prairies north and west of Lake Ozette are treeless areas, dominated by a unique association of grasses and herbs, in an otherwise heavily forested region. The prairies are historically (pre-European) persistent elements of the landscape in a region where the climate is extremely favorable for forest growth. The origin and continued existence of the Ozette Prairies is controversial for some non-tribal members.
Dave will describe these fascinating landscapes, discuss their importance to tribal communities, describe previous research at these landscapes, and finally talk about potential management actions that Olympic National Park might take to preserve and protect these areas.
August--A Walk in the Woods: Summer
We’ll join ƛ̕əw'cən Mackenzie Grinnell as he takes us back out on the trail for a virtual nature walk. He’ll point out what’s growing now and give a S’Klallam view of our natural bounty.
The Point No Point Treaty in 1855 reserved continued access to traditional resources for signatory Tribes, including Jamestown S’Klallam. Join us to learn just what treaty rights are and what the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe is doing to restore and protect tribal treaty resources today and for future generations.
October-Old Patsey's Potlatch of July 4, 1891
Join us to learn about the final potlatch on Port Townsend Bay that took place at Hadlock and was attended by Tribes from around the Peninsula and Puget Sound, as well as local Port Townsend residents. Old Patsey gave away over $2,000 of goods to his guests, and the occasion was photographed and recorded in the journal of Judge James Wickersham.
November-Environmental Threats of the Olympia Oyster & Role of the THPO
Join us to learn about threats to Ostrea lurida – the Olympia Oyster, the only native oyster species in the Salish Sea ecosystem.
Allie Taylor will inform us of one of the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer’s main job duties—that of federal, state, and local project reviews—as well as the various laws that drive these reviews.
December-Archaeology and Artifacts of the Sequim Bypass Sites
David Brownell walks us through the 1996-1997 excavations of the Sequim Bypass sites. A total of 134,833 artifacts were recovered from both sites, documenting multiple occupations dating back to the early- to mid-Holocene. In addition to individual artifacts, archaeologists found evidence of pit houses complete with features like hearths, oven pits and tool production areas.
1070 Old Blyn Hwy, Sequim, WA
1033 Old Blyn Hwy, Sequim, WA 98382