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Our Museum Store is now open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm. You may order online and pick up in store during store hours, and we offer shipping anywhere in the United States. If you are looking for a particular item and you do not see it in our online store, feel free to contact our store manager, Jessica Howell at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-756-6320 x216.
The mission of the Coos History Museum Store is to generate revenue to support exhibits and programs by providing continuing education materials and remembrances of the visit that focus on the intellectual, civic and cultural life of Oregon’s South Coast.
Myrtlewood is most often thought of as beautiful wood for woodworking, but to Native people on the southern Oregon coast it was an important source of food. The roasted nuts taste like bitter chocolate, coffee, and burnt popcorn. The roots of Skunk Cabbage provided another traditional food source, while also serving as a medicine for colds. In tribal mythology, the leaves of Skunk Cabbage were thought to be tents where the Little People sheltered.
Very little has been published until now on the ethnobotany of western Oregon indigenous peoples. Ethnobotany of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians documents the use of plants by these closely-related coastal tribes, covering a geographical area that extends roughly from Cape Perpetua on the central coast, south to the Coquille River, and from the Coast Range west to the Pacific shore. With a focus on native plants and their traditional uses, it also includes mention of farming crops, as well as the highly invasive Himalayan blackberry, which some Oregon coast Indians called the “white man’s berry.