2126 S.W. Halsey St. Troutdale, OR, 97060
Monday, March 11, 2024
McMenamins and Troutdale Historical Society present
Edgefield - Blackberry Hall
6pm doors, 7pm program
All ages welcome
6pm doors, 7pm program$5All ages welcome
nearshore waters were once the homeland to thousands of sea otters, an iconic
species in the history of what is now known as Oregon. Sea otters have held a
special role in the cultural, spiritual, and economic life of coastal Native
American communities, with oral traditions documenting the species'
significance. Their lustrous pelts brought great wealth in late-eighteenth- and
nineteenth-century China, motivating Euro-Americans to broker some of the
earliest contact and trade between themselves and Native American people along
the Oregon coast. Over a century of zealous hunting and trading of sea otters,
by Native people and Euro-Americans, eliminated the species from Oregon's
coastal waters over 100 years ago. Presenter Cameron La Follette will offer an
illustrated lecture on this ecological keystone species. La Follette is the
co-author of articles in a special section of the Fall 2023 issue of the Oregon
Historical Quarterly on "Sea Otters in Oregon."
Follette earned her master's in psychology from New York University and her law
degree from Columbia University. She is Executive Director of Oregon Coast
Alliance, a coastal conservation organization. Her book Sustainability and
the Rights of Nature was published in 2017, and the companion volume, Sustainability
and the Rights of Nature in Practice, was published in 2019. La Follette
was the lead researcher and author for the Summer 2018 special issue of OHQ,
"Oregon's Manila Galleon." She is also a traditional poet whose work is
archived at the University of Oregon Special Collections and University
Archives. Her research interests include land-use history, early Pacific
Northwest coastal exploration and shipwrecks, and the environmental effects of
early commercial resource extraction along the coast.
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