Kalapuyan


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Noun1.Kalapuyan - a Penutian language spoken by the Kalapuya
Penutian - a family of Amerindian language spoken in the great interior valley of California
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Among the languages with few living speakers are several in the Northwest, including Kalapuyan and Klamath-Modoc.
For example, the Willamette Valley, the Oregon "Eden" that attracted the Oregon Trail emigrants, was for thousands of years the home of the various Kalapuyan groups.
Luk-wah is a Kalapuyan word meaning "grass," and a recent prescribed burn of 48 acres in the prairie shows burning techniques used to improve the health of the bunchgrass communities and the wetland ecosystem.
The Kalapuyan bands alone spoke three different Kalapuyan languages.
Bruce Newhouse will discuss the plant/pollinator connection at 2:30 p.m.; Esther Stutzman will speak about the Kalapuyan people at 3:30 p.m.
Students learn about this vital ecosystem in the classroom, but the field trips allow students to view the wetlands from a social as well as an ecological perspective by building awareness and respect for Kalapuyan cultural needs and practices today.
The brainchild of wetlands educators and Kalapuya elder Esther Stutzman, "Native American Wetlands Culture Day" included basket-weaving, drumming demonstrations, traditional storytelling - even a canoe consistent with Kalapuyan craftsmanship, the first built in 125 years, officials said.
The butte has been a site of Kalapuyan Indian ceremonies, and its northeastern slope shelters the historic McFarland Cemetery, burial site of many early settlers, Bellavita said.
His background is a combination of Kalapuyan and Celtic heritage.
Members of the Gudu-kut Eugene Stream Team adoption group and Far West Neighborhood Association will tend to the Gudu-kut - frog in Kalapuyan - natural area wetlands next to Amazon Creek at 14th Avenue and City View Street from 12:30 p.m.