'we have allmost
Every Religion but our own': French-Indian Community Initiatives and Social
Relations in French Prairie, Oregon, 1834–1837
by Melinda Marie Jetté
Melinda Marie Jetté explores the history a group of French Canadian settlers and their Native wives in one of the earliest Euro-American settlements of the Willamette Valley, finding that those families worked to advance their own community's interests and did not, as historians had previously concluded, defer to more powerful forces of the Hudson's Bay Company and Methodist missionaries. Focusing on the French-Indian families' efforts to bring Catholic priests to their settlement, Jetté analyzes archived documents pertaining to French Prairie during the mid-1830s from the perspective of a group of people who, being largely illiterate, left few written records of their own.
Melinda Marie Jetté received her Ph.D. in history from the University of British Columbia. She is an assistant professor of history at Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire, where she is currently developing a new minor in public history for undergraduate students.
Vulnerability and Resiliency to Great Cascadia Earthquakes
by Robert J. Losey
Robert J. Losey examines the archaeological record and oral histories to determine how an earthquake and subsequent tsunami in 1700 may have affected Oregon Native coastal people. Losey analyzes the house architecture, residential patterns, foodways, technologies, social organization, and appearance of tsunamis and earthquakes in oral tradition of Native coastal people to understand the complex ways people and environments have responded to earthquakes and tsunamis along what is now the Oregon Coast.
Robert J. Losey received his Ph.D. form the University of Oregon and is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. His areas of expertise are in zooarchaeology, the archaeology of natural disasters, the evolution of social complexity among hunter-gatherers, and maritime adaptation across the globe. He conducts research on the Northwest coast of North American and in Siberia.