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By Dana Merryday
Chronicle Columnist 

Kalapuya Roots – Still Blooming


February 21, 2019

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Camas Lily, Camassia quamash.

Before the settlers began following the Oregon Trail, and Hudson Bay traders and trappers found their way into what was to become Oregon, Native Americans scratched out a pretty decent living.

The Willamette Valley provided a diverse environment that included prairie and oak savannas, fir groves, forests, marshes and lakes that provided sources for an abundance of foods.

The Kalapuya year was divided into 12 lunar months and each month was named for the part of the growing cycle and the importance of certain foods.

The year had two seasons in their sustenance round, summer and winter. The...

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