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Scorecard: 15 Oregon Artists Reflect Bi-Cultural Reality

April 10th, 2011 by Anne Richardson · No Comments · Oregon director, Oregon writer, Scorecard series

Joaquin Miller, pony express rider/lawyer/horse thief/literary figure.

When did Oregon writers start exploring the bi-culturality of our state ?

(This list is an excerpt of a previous post, designed for people who are list crazy.)

1873: Joaquin Miller writes Life Among The Modocs: An Unwritten History

1883: Sarah Winnemucca writes Life Among The Piutes

1890: Frederick Homer Balch writes Bridge of the Gods

1902: Eva Emery Dye writes The Conquest: The True Story of Lewis and Clark,with Sacajawea at the center of her narrative

1940: Yellow Wolf dictates Yellow Wolf: His Own Story to Lucullus Virgil McWhorter. Movie connection: In 1975, the television movie I Will Fight No More Forever dramatized the events to which Yellow Wolf was eyewitness in 1877.

1960: Don Berry writes Trask

1962: Ken Kesey writes One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. Movie connection: In 1975, Milos Forman’s One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest won Best Picture and four other Academy Awards.

1987: William Kittredge writes Owning It All.

1993: Elizabeth Woody writes Seven Hands, Seven Hearts

1995: Craig Lesley writes Winterkill

1998: Chris Eyre directs Sherman Alexie’s Smoke Signals.

2000 Marv Ross and Thomas Morning Owl, Jr begin writing & composing The Ghosts Of Celilo

2010: Matt McCormick writes & directs Some Days Are Better Than Others

2010: Jon Raymond writes Meek’s Cutoff

The above book list is not comprehensive! I am not covering all related works of art, nor all artists. Please feel free to add names/titles I have omitted.

For people who would like to know more about the books on the list — see Walt Curtis Recommends: Top Nine For Oregon Bookworms. Another great list, created by David Milholland and Walt Curtis,  can be found on the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission website.

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