Culture & Language
Cultural Resources Program
The Cultural Resources Program promotes the unique cultural identity and history of the Tribe. Program staff work on research and preservation of language, dance, celebrations, basketry and issues related to the documentation, protection and preservation of cultural resources within the aboriginal homelands of the Siletz Tribe. The Cultural Resource Program also coordinates the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act issues on the local, regional, and national level.
The Culture Resource Department and the Cultural Resources Committee sponsor an annual Memorial Day dinner following a ceremony.
Review and respond to archaeological permit applications and project notifications throughout western Oregon, and other Siletz ancestral site protection/documentation work. Coordinate with State Historic Preservation Office and other state, federal, local entities to ensure protection whenever possible.
Maintain and expand Tribal Cultural and Historical/Archival collections, including new acquisitions, and documentation of Siletz collections in other museums.
Siletz Tribal Cultural Center planning and development. Phase I to begin Construction in Spring 2008.
Assist Tribal programs by providing accurate cultural and historical information, demonstrations and support for their cultural components.
Interpretive projects, class presentations and other services - when available.
Robert Kentta (800) 922-1399 ext. 1244 or (541) 444-8244
A Culture Camp is held the second week of July in Siletz. the camp is for tribal families to learn tribal traditions, culture and history in a village type atmosphere. This is a time for our people to be together, learning together the ways of our ancestors. There is a sense of belonging, meeting relatives, making new friends and leaving camp remembering we come from a strong tribe with a proud heritage.
"Promote our cultural and religious beliefs and to pass them on in our own way to our children, grandchildren and grandchildren's children forever."
Culture Camp Registration Form
Culture Camp Photo Gallery
Language and Arts
The Siletz Language and Traditional Arts program was established in 2003 to teach and promote use of the Siletz Athabaskan Language and Siletz Traditional Arts. The Language program offers a comprehensive array of Language materials for beginners to more advanced speakers. Siletz Dee-ni Language Volumes 1 & 2, offer a graduated approach to learning basic nouns, simple greetings and goodbyes and table talk. Volume 3 deals with verbs and verb conjugation, and Athabaskan sentence structure. These Volumes of materials play on real media player on most standard computers, with the written word and the audio combined for ease in learning. Also with the audio and visual lessons are word documents and tests that can printed for study and assessment. Last year the Nuu-Wee-ya' (Our words) Athabaskan Language Dictionary was completed and is now available. An online "Talking Dictionary" is in the works. The Language Program is also being taught in the Siletz Valley School. Community classes are also ongoing monthly in the Siletz, Portland, Salem and Eugene Area offices. Traditional Arts are also taught in the Area offices prior to Language classes. The classes are scheduled 2 months in advance and posted in the Siletz News and in Area Newsletters. We also conduct seasonal gatherings of basket materials and teach Siletz basketry, regalia making and other Siletz traditions. For more information on Language classes or materials and Traditional Arts contact Bud Lane at (541) 444-8320 or (800) 922-1399 or E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Learning Our Language
Siletz Tribal Pow-Wows are under the direction of a Cultural Education Director. The Director works with a Pow-Wow committee to plan and organize two Pow-Wows a year: Nesika Illahee Pow-Wow and Restoration Pow-Wow. This program coordinates culture awareness presentations for schools and other organizations and is the staff liaison for the Siletz Valley School.
Click here to go to the Pow-wow page
Run to the Rogue
Each year the Siletz tribal people and friends participate in Run to the Rogue, an annual relay run/walk to the Rogue River in southwestern Oregon the second week of September. The Run commemorates the Siletz Tribal ancestors who were forcibly removed from their homeland in the Rogue River Country and marched north to Siletz.
Run to the Rogue Photo Gallery