The 2017 Chepenfu Lecture Series, produced and sponsored by the Marys Peak Group of the Sierra Club, will honor the Chepenfu Kalapuya people who inhabited the Marys River Valley for thousands of years and who continue their cultural traditions.

Three free lectures will be held Wednesdays, Oct. 4, Nov. 8 and Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Majestic Theatre, 115 SW Second St., Corvallis. Doors open at 6 p.m. Here's the schedule:

Oct. 4: “The Kalapuya Then and Now,” by David Harrelson, who is Kalapuya and serves as the cultural resources department manager and tribal historic preservation officer for his community, The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community of Oregon. 

Nov. 8: “Kalapuya Archaeology: Cultural Record of the Willamette Valley before 1850” by Dr. Thomas Connolly, director of archaeological research at the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History and author of "Oregon Archaeology."

Dec. 13: “Native Space” by Dr. Natchee Barnd, OSU assistant professor in ethnic studies and author of "Native Space: Geographic Strategies to Unsettle Settler Colonialism." Barnd’s research focuses on both indigenous and minority ethnic cultures. 

Grass Roots Books and Music will sell books in the lobby related to the lectures. Beer, wine, nonalcoholic drinks and snacks will be available for purchase. The event is co-sponsored by the Spring Creek Project.

For information, contact Dave Eckert at deckert@willamettewatershed.com or 541-230-1237.

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