January Nature Night

 

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Long Memory of the Land


The Warm Springs, Wasco, and Paiute people live by the Unwritten Laws of their respective nations. Join Deschutes Land Trust and The Museum at Warm Springs Executive Director Elizabeth Woody to learn about some of the long-lived creeds and ceremonial codes the Warm Springs people hold in relation to the land. Elizabeth will share examples of Tiichám which describes the land, our earth, as the Long Memory of the land, including the understanding of a relationship from the Creator to the people. The Tiichám says, “the land is for you. This is the past, the present and the future.” It always was and always will be. She will also share the Twanat which says “you must follow the teachings on the land” and offer these creeds as a model for how we can all care for the land.





Elizabeth Woody. Photo: Provided.
Elizabeth Woody. Photo: Provided.
About Elizabeth Woody 

Elizabeth Woody (Navajo/Warm Springs/Wasco/Yakama) is the Executive Director of The Museum At Warm Springs. She served a two-year term as Oregon Poet Laureate from 2016-2018. She is a published author and fine artist. Elizabeth received the American Book Award, William Stafford Memorial Award for Poetry from the Pacific Northwest Bookseller’s Association and was a finalist in the poetry for the Oregon Book Awards for 1994, and is an alumna of the first Kellogg Foundation’s Fellowship through the AIO Ambassadors program.