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Second annual

Camas Festival

Friday, May 5, 2023

10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Celebrating Camas

For generations, purple camas lilies have been cultivated, traded and consumed by the Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest including the Kalapuya, who were removed to the Grand Ronde Indian Reservation in 1855. Though much sparser now than in the days it turned the Willamette Valley purple each spring, it remains a central piece of Kalapuyan lifeways.

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A member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde speaks about camas to a group of people touring Cozine Creek.

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Community celebrates important wildflower at Camas Festival in McMinnville

The hills of the Willamette Valley may no longer turn purple with blooms of camas, but in one small patch of land, the flower is once again getting its day in the sun.

Attendees at the 2022 Camas Festival visiting booths in the Oak Grove.

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Linfield's inaugural Camas Festival

Attendees toured the creek area with student, faculty and tribal guides. In addition to gathering information on the watershed council and the Cozine restoration project, participants were able to view exhibits such as digging sticks used by tribal members when harvesting camas bulbs.

Six members of the committee naming Lakamas Lane pictured under the new street sign.

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A flourishing relationship

The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde helped Linfield University rename a two-block street, now known as Lakamas Lane, on the McMinnville campus in honor of the word camas. Lakamas is the word for camas in the Chinuk Wawa language. This renaming effort led to plans for a larger celebration of camas that grows on campus.

Linfield University

Land Acknowledgment

At Linfield, we recognize that the land that our physical campuses are located on were the traditional territories of the “Yam Hill” band of the Kalapuya people in McMinnville and the Chinookan peoples known as the Clackamas and Cascade Tribes in Portland. In January 1855, the people of these tribes were forcibly removed from the land after the signing of the Willamette Valley Treaty. They are now among 30 tribes and bands that make up the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.