Influential Indigenous Women of Coos Bay: A Cultural History presented by Patricia Whereat Phillips, Courtney Krossman, and Ashley Russell
Suggested donation: $5 (or what you are able).*
Patricia Whereat Phillips is Miluk Coos Tribal Member and linguist for the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians. Patricia was raised in North Bend, studied biology at Oregon State University (1992) and linguistics at University of Oregon (1996). She has been working on revitalizing the Hanis, Miluk and Siuslaw languages.
Courtney Krossman is a Miluk Coos Tribal Member who is enrolled with the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians. Courtney attended the University of Oregon, majoring in Anthropology with an emphasis on archaeology and Native American Studies. Courtney works in a professional capacity for the Tribe in the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources as the Cultural Resources Protection Assistant. She currently serves as a Trustee for the Coos Historical Society.
Ashley Russell is a Miluk Coos Tribal Member and Water Protection Specialist and Cultural Assistant for the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians (CTCLUSI). Ashley is an Oregon State University (OSU) graduate of Environmental Sciences with an emphasis on Fisheries and Wildlife Science. She is currently enrolled through the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine and pursing her herbal certification. Ashley is recognized for her knowledge of culturally significant species, including Tribal first foods and weaving materials, as well as her art and singing.
“Join Patricia Phillips, Courtney Krossman, and Ashley Russell in exploring the rich Indigenous Culture of the Coos Bay Area and the strong women that have helped shape its history. They will be highlighting the strength of their female ancestors, while demonstrating the fact that gender disparities were few and far between. Journey through the past to explore the incredible lives of Native American women from pre-contact thru today.”
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