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123 color illus.
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v2.1 Reference

The Art of Ceremony

Voices of Renewal from Indigenous Oregon

The practice of ceremony offers ways to build relationships between the land and its beings, reflecting change while drawing upon deep relationships going back millennia. Ceremony may involve intricate and spectacular regalia but may also involve simple tools, such as a plastic bucket for harvesting huckleberries or a river rock that holds heat for sweat. The Art of Ceremony provides a contemporary and historical overview of the nine federally recognized tribes in Oregon, through rich conversations with tribal representatives who convey their commitments to ceremonial practices and the inseparable need to renew language, art, ecological systems, kinship relations, and political and legal sovereignty.

Vivid photographs illuminate the ties between land and people at the heart of such practice, and each chapter features specific ceremonies chosen by tribal co-collaborators, such as the Siletz Nee Dosh (Feather Dance), the huckleberry gathering of the Cow Creek Umpqua, and the Klamath Return of C'waam (sucker fish) Ceremony. Part of a larger global story of Indigenous rights and cultural resurgence in the twenty-first century, The Art of Ceremony celebrates the power of Indigenous renewal, sustainable connection to the land, and the ethics of responsibility and reciprocity between the earth and all its inhabitants.

About the Authors

Rebecca J. Dobkins is curator and professor of anthropology at Willamette University and coauthor of Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts at 25.


"This unique book weaves a strong argument about the historical and contemporary effects of unequal power relations on Oregonian tribes and the resulting push for Indigenous resurgence and self-governance."—Jennifer Kramer, University of British Columbia

"A beautifully facilitated gathering of Tribes of Oregon in a book that is itself a kind of ceremony, honoring the regalia alongside many responsibilities, relationships, and rights that Tribes renew each year."—Brook Colley, (Wasco, Warm Springs, Eastern Cherokee; Enrolled: Eastern Band of Cherokee), Southern Oregon University

"The Art of Ceremony honors the sovereignty of Tribes in Oregon and embodies a sense of healing, renewal, and beauty, connecting land to people, people to land, and the relationships between."—April Campbell, (Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde) Oregon Department of Education, Indian Education Director

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288 Pages
$105.00 USD
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Other Titles by Rebecca J. Dobkins


Rebecca J. Dobkins, Tasia D. Riley
Nov 2022 - Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University
$50.00 USD - Hardback

Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts at 25

heather ahtone, Rebecca J. Dobkins, Prudence F. Roberts
Oct 2017 - Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University
$34.95 USD - Hardback

Marie Watt

Rebecca J. Dobkins
May 2012 - Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University
$24.95 USD - Paperback / softback

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