Greg Archuleta (Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde) talks about passing culture from generation to generation, and underlines the importance of understanding that culture is never static. 1:05.
Bio: Greg Archuleta is Clackamas Chinook, Santiam Kalapuya, and Shasta, and a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. As an artist and educator, he teaches about the culture and history of the Tribes of Western Oregon, including ethnobotany, carving, cedar hat making, Native art design, and basketry.
“And I think our tribes were always kinda facing those choices and each unique, unique to each tribe, is how I kinda look at it. And what they want to do. You can look at it from a tribal perspective, a community perspective and a family perspective of how you want to decide how that happens. Because we have the same thing where in, even within the tribe, where some people want to keep certain things specifically strict according to these old, old ways. Maybe in other families who have a different way of looking at it. Maybe, might be more open to sharing or doing things a little differently. But I think the important things is that our tribes were never stagnant. That we’re always changing. And doing new things also.”