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Third annual

Camas Festival

Friday, May 10, 2024

11 a.m.- 6:30 p.m.

Celebrating Camas

For generations, purple camas lilies have been cultivated, traded and consumed by the Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest including the Kalapuya, who were removed to the Grand Ronde Indian Reservation in 1855. Though much sparser now than in the days it turned the Willamette Valley purple each spring, it remains a central piece of Kalapuyan lifeways.


Friday, May 10, 2024

All events take place in and around Nicholson Library unless otherwise noted. 

11 a.m. Opening remarks from Linfield University and Grand Ronde leadership

11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Guided tours of the Cozine Creek camas patch depart from Nicholson Library. Please note that while all festival exhibits are accessible, the Cozine Creek Natural Area is not. The walk includes slightly steep terrain and may be muddy. 

11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Javelina Indigenous Dining pop-up, with historic and comfort food from Alexa Numkena-Anderson

11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Indigenous Creators’ Market featuring art, design, prints, beading, basketry and more

1-4 p.m. Children’s activities including face painting, games, art and cornhole

3:30 p.m. "Camas" reading from Grand Ronde Tribal Librarian and children's book author Kathy Cole

5 p.m. Guided artist's talk from Leland Butler: The photographer and 2024 Indigenous Place Keeping Artist (IPKA) Fellow will discuss work from his Linfield Gallery show, "Connected to the Land"

5:30-6:30 p.m. “Food is Medicine: Reclaiming Indigenous Foodways and Sovereignty” panel discussion. Panelists include Sara Calvosa Olson, Michelle Week and Alexa Numkena-Anderson, with introductions from Brooke Jackson-Glidden

Nicholson Library is located off SE Lever Street in McMinnville. Parking is available in several lots adjacent to the library, and visitors may park in any non-reserved location. 

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Linfield University

Land Acknowledgment

At Linfield, we recognize that the land that our physical campuses are located on were the traditional territories of the “Yam Hill” band of the Kalapuya people in McMinnville and the Chinookan peoples known as the Clackamas and Cascade Tribes in Portland. In January 1855, the people of these tribes were forcibly removed from the land after the signing of the Willamette Valley Treaty. They are now among 30 tribes and bands that make up the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.