RG 272 Native American Longhouse Eena Haws


The collection RG 272 Native American Longhouse Eena Haws (NAL) is now available!

The Native American Longhouse Eena Haws, the oldest of the university’s cultural centers, was established in 1971 to honor the cultures of those of Native American descent. It moved to a converted Quonset hut a year later; this center was remodeled in 1999. Just this past year the NAL recently moved into a beautiful new longhouse. Although the move is recent, a new longhouse has been decades in the making with students advocating for a new building for many years. In fact, in 1993 a building proposal was written which includes the history of the NAL, arguments in favor of a new building, and plans for a new longhouse. Take a look back at the proposal from 20 years ago…

1993 Building Proposal: The Philip Lane Sr. Native American Longhouse of The Oregon State University Memorial Union

Native American Longhouse (old and new buildings)

The NAL acts as the focal point for most Native American students, but also as a public service center to provide services and hospitality to the university and surrounding communities. It is also used as a teaching area for traditional singing, dancing, storytelling, and ceremony; additionally, every May the center hosts its annual Salmon Bake. The NAL is managed by the office of Diversity and Cultural Engagement.

The RG 272 NAL collection includes 17 photo albums that represent over 25 years of the NAL’s history. All of the albums have been digitized and the physical albums remain at the NAL.

The Native American Longhouse Eena Haws Photo Albums

Link to all 17 NAL albums

Native American Longhouse (NAL) Album, Undated
Events and activities depicted: Pow Wow, including images of the Pow Wow princess, drumming, and dancing.

Native American Longhouse (NAL) Album, 1984-1987
Events and activities depicted: Meals at the Longhouse, Pow Wows, and a salmon bake. The album contains various newspaper clippings from the Barometer and flyers for the 7th annual Pow Wow in 1984, the 1985 Pow Wow, and the 1987 Pow Wow. Also included are a flyer and news clipping regarding a rally in support of the Navajo and Hopi tribes in Arizona and a newspaper clipping from the Associated Press regarding the dismissed murder charges against Robert Van Pelt.

Native American Longhouse (NAL) Album, 1988
Events and activities depicted: A lecture by and reception for Wilma Mankiller of the Cherokee Nation and the 12th annual Pow Wow, November 1988. Within these two events, activities depicted include the sale of jewelry and accessories, drumming, dancing, and gathering for meals. Various attendees have been identified by NAL community supporters as follows: Bud Heycamp of “Baker Bay Beads” (page 4); Wilma Crowe, Sioux (page 20); Fish Martinez (page 23); Don Mocassin, Chemawa (page 25 top photo, on left).

Native American Longhouse (NAL) Album, 1989
Events and activities depicted: Spring and Winter Pow Wows including dancing, the sale of jewelry and accessories, and making fry bread. Also included is a ceremony for the dedication of a small plaque honoring the Native Americans that lived in the Corvallis; Tcha Peenafu (the place where the elderberries grow) was the local Native American name for the Corvallis area.

Native American Longhouse (NAL) Album, 1990
Events and activities depicted: Spring Pow Wow, May 1990 in Gill Coliseum, including dancing, drumming, dining, the sale of jewelry and accessories, and craft making. Various attendees have been identified by NAL community supporters as follows: Paul Whitehead, Siletz (page 10); Carol Brunoe, Warm Springs (page 12 bottom photo); Dick Ross, Professor Emeritus Anthropology (page 43 top photo); Carol Brunoe, Warm Springs (page 44 and 55 bottom photos).

Native American Longhouse (NAL) Album, 1992
Event depicted: Graduate party at the Liberty Residence.

Native American Longhouse (NAL) Album, circa 1995
Events and activities depicted: Indoor and outdoor gatherings that included dancing and drumming. Also included are photographs of NAL staff and community supporters; photos of items such as Kachina dolls, baskets, pottery, and jewelry; and images of the inside of the NAL (the Quonset hut) including the work areas, leisure areas, and kitchen.

Native American Longhouse (NAL) Album, 1995
Events and activities depicted: Pow Wow, both indoors and outdoors; students studying and meeting inside of the NAL. Various attendees have been identified by NAL community supporters as follows: Paul Whitehead, Siletz (page 10 bottom photo); Shirod Younker, artist for new NACC (page 5 middle photo); name unknown, EOP Student, Siletz (page 7 top photo); Cassandra Manuelito-Kerkvliet (page 9 middle photo).

Native American Longhouse (NAL) Album, 1997
Events and activities depicted: Pow Wow including dancing, drumming, the sale of jewelry and accessories, and the sale of fry bread; meeting inside of the NAL.

Native American Longhouse (NAL) Album, 1997-1998
Events and activities depicted: Cooking fry bread and class of 1998 celebration. Also included are images of the Memorial Union and trees in the vicinity outside of the NAL as well as photos of NAL staff and community supporters.

Native American Longhouse (NAL) Album, 1997-2000
Events and activities depicted: Pow Wow, 1998; Faces of the Longhouse, 1997; Diversity Development Staff Training, 1998-1999; Indigenous Peoples Day celebration with guest speaker Edward Castillo, October 1998; The Visiting Writers Series and The Craft of Writing Series with James Welch, October 1998; American Indian Student Retreat; NAL Advisory Board Dinner, October 1998; Frybread Booth / Can Food Drive for the Hurricane Mitch victims, November 1998; Winter Longhouse Potluck; Winter Term Staff Retreat; MLK Jr. Fun Run/Walk, 1999; Test Taking Skills Workshop, February 1999; Drum Making Class, February 1999; Craft Night, February 1999; The Ethnic Studies Colloquium Series guest speaker author Laura Tohe, March 1999; Salem Bake, Winter 1999; Winter Finals Week Breakfast; Longhouse Needs Assessment Dinner; Baseball game, Spring 1999; R. Carlos Nakai Concert, Spring 1999; Winona LaDuke, environmental activist, lecture, Spring 1999; Pow Wow, Spring 1999; Pumpkin Carving, October 1999; The Longhouse Blessing, November 1999; Staff Retreat, January 2000; Welcome Dinner for Frank and Allison, January 2000; NAL staff at the rec center; Building Bridges, January 2000; All Staff Bowling Night, February 2000; Siblings Weekend, February 2000; Pine Nut Beading and Craft Night; Longhouse Grand Opening, May 2000; Wacky Olympics, May 2000; Salmon Bake, 2000; Making Leis, 2000.

Native American Longhouse (NAL) Album, 2000-2002
Events and activities depicted: All Cultural Centers Staff Retreat at the coast; Images of the Longhouse prior to its renovation and after; Training for 2000-2001 staff; Open House, Fall 2000; Recognition Dinner in honor of Kurt Peters and Allison Davis-White Eyes; High School students visitors at the NAL; Craft Night, 2000; Local Kine Grinds; Pacific Islanders Outreach Dinner; Midnight Breakfast; Tom Happynook lecture regarding traditional values and marine resources, April 2001; Valentine’s craft making; Wacky Olympics; Salmon Bake, including images of the fire pit, dancers, and the guests, May 2001; Pacific Island Night, 2000-2001; QRC Drag Show; Lei Making, 2001; OSCC Conference; Fry Bread sale; Siblings Weekend; Halloween Pumpkin Carving, October 2001; Midnight Breakfast at the BCC; Salmon Bake including images of the fire pit, Aztec dancers, fry bread, and the guests, 2002; Halloween Pumpkin Carving, October 2002.

Native American Longhouse (NAL) Album, 2001, 2003, 2006-2009
Events and activities depicted: The Camas Dig, 2009; The 7th Annual Jim Thorpe Fun Run, May 2009; Salmon Bake; Fry Bread sale; Pow Wow and Salmon Bake, 2003; All Center Tailgater for Dad’s Weekend, 2006; Acorn Soup Demonstration; All Center Winter Retreat, January 2007; Kids for Equality for MLK Jr. Week, January 2007; Staff Potluck; Gift Giving, December 2006; Elders Luncheon; The Hula Club demonstration; NAL Open House, 2007; Salmon Bake, 2007; Pumpkin Relay, Fall 2007; Speed Dating, February 2008; Craft Night, January 2008; Cultural Center Expansion Project meeting, 2007-2008; Storytelling event; Hawaiian Traditional Crafts, 2003; NAL Open House, Fall 2006; Siblings Weekend; Necklace Making; Pow Wow; OSCC, 2001; Bowling, January 2003; Oxygen Bar, February 2002; Drag Show.

Native American Longhouse (NAL) Album, 2004-2006
Events and activities depicted: Taco Feed event; NAL Open House for 2005-2006; Longhouse Blessing, 2006; Tribal Sovereignty lecture with guest speaker Bobbie Conner; Basket Weaving workshop; and a dance workshop. Also included are photos of NAL staff and community supporters as well as artwork of young children.

Native American Longhouse (NAL) Album, 2009-2010
Events and activities depicted: Staff Training; Native American Heritage Month Kickoff Celebration; Litefoot concert; Gardening event; 12th annual Salmon Bake with MC Bill Quaempts, comedian Elaine Miles, and dance performances by Aztec Dancers and Apache Crown Dancers. Also included are photos of NAL staff and community supporters.

Native American Longhouse (NAL) Album, 2010-2011
Events and activities depicted: 2010 Open House, including cooking preparation and the meal; Native American Heritage Month 2010 program of events; Silver Smith demonstration; Craft nights photos, including making dream-catchers; Friendship Dance; Worlds AIDS Day education event; Acorn Processing event; Chemawa Indian School visit. Also included are photos of NAL staff and community supporters.

Native American Longhouse (NAL) Album, 2011-2012
Events and activities depicted: Cooking; Native American Heritage Month 2011 program of events; Native American Heritage Month Kick-Off; Benny the Beaver with NAL staff representing N7; Trip to the coast; Deanna Kingston memorial program; Traditional arts and gardening. Also included are photos of the construction of the new longhouse, photos of the inside of the Quonset Hut, as well as photos of the NAL staff and community supporters.

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OSU Hui o Hawai’i Albums


The OSU Hui o Hawai’i is one of the university’s oldest student organizations and the OMA is excited to share that we can now provide you access to electronic copies of a collection of its photo albums.

Oregon State University Hui o Hawai’i Album, 1986-1987

Events and activities depicted: Advisors, 1986; Officers, 1986; First meeting, October 4, 1986; Party at Joan and Shirley’s, October 4, 1986; Shopping at Clackamas Town Center, October 11, 1986; Dixon Fun Nite, October 24, 1986; Halloween party, October 31, 1986; Intramural football, 1986; Intramural volleyball, 1986; Luau practice, 1987; 32nd Annual Luau, Memorial Union Ballroom, February 28, 1987; Picnic at Avery Park, May 9, 1986; Portland trip, April 11, 1987.

Oregon State University Hui o Hawai’i Album, 1987-1988

Events and activities depicted: Club picnic, 1987; Shopping trip, 1987; Intramural football, 1987; Halloween party, 1987; Pot luck, 1987; 33rd Annual Luau, Memorial Union Ballroom, March 5, 1988; Picnic at Avery Park, May 10, 1988; Miscellaneous photographs, 1987-1988.

Oregon State University Hui o Hawai’i Album, 1988-1989

Events and activities depicted: Members; Photo and list of Executive Council; Halloween photographs, October 1988; Dorms and snow, winter 1988-1989; Christmas wishes, Christmas 1988; Goodbye Marcia and Stacie; Ski the pass, winter 1988-1989; Dixon fun night; Intramural football, Softball; 34th Annual Luau, March 4, 1989; Picnic, 1989; Banquet, 1989; Miscellaneous.

Oregon State University Hui o Hawai’i Album, 1989-1990

Events and activities depicted: Officers, 1989; Orientation picnic at Magic Island, August 26, 1989; First club meeting, September 23, 1989; Shopping trip at Clackamas Town Center, September 30, 1989; Intramural football, girls volleyball, fall term 1989; Dixon Fun Night, October 13, 1989; Halloween party, October 28, 1989; Pot luck at Lasell’s, December 1, 1989; 35th Annual Luau, March 3, 1990; Golf tournament and picnic, April 21, 1990; Intramural softball, spring term 1990; Banquet, May 27, 1990.

Oregon State University Hui o Hawai’i Album, 1990-1991

Events and activities depicted: Dixon fun night, 1990; Pot luck dinner, 1990; Halloween dance, 1990; 1st-3rd place costumes and pumpkin carving, 1990; Intramural volleyball and football, 1990; OSU/U of O tailgater, 1990; Ski trip, 1990-1991; 36th Annual Luau, 1991; Banquet: Old officers, new officers, cutest couple, most friendly, best body, and most funniest, 1991.

Oregon State University Hui o Hawai’i Album, 1992-1993

Events and activities depicted: Officers, 1992; Picnic on Oahu, summer 1992; OSU Hawaii express, 1992; Pot luck dinner, 1992; Club meetings, 1992-1993; Shopping trip, 1992; Luau practice, 1992-1993; Halloween pot luck, 1992; Dixon fun night, 1992; Civil War tailgate, 1992; Asian Cultural Center, 1992; Fall activities fair, 1992; Skiing at Mt. Hood, 1992-1993; Shoot the Hoop Tournament, 1993; Performance at Harding Elementary, 1993; Luau preparations, 1993; 38th Annual Luau, 1993; Banquet, 1993; Scholarships and Hall of Fame photos including: Best physiques, most studious, funniest, grouchiest, friendliest, 1993.

Oregon State University Hui o Hawai’i Album, 1993-1994

Events and activities depicted: Officers for academic year, 1993; OSU Hawaii express, 1993; Club meetings, 1993; Shopping trip, 1993; Hula practice, 1993; Picnic at Avery Park, 1993; Fall activities fair, 1993; Halloween pot luck, 1993; Intramural football, 1993; Canned food drive, 1993; Dinner at Peacock’s, 1993; Ski trip, 1993-1994; Valentine’s Day dance, 1994; Softball tournament, 1994; Luau preparations, 1994; 39th Annual Luau, 1994; Banquet, 1994; HOSS elections including: Best burp, best pearly whites, Mr. Universe and cosmopolitan bodies, Oscar the Grouch, most Kalohe, club clowns, most scholarly, best Oregon tan, most likely to become the richest, most likely to become the poorest, biggest mouth, most Haole-fied, 1994; Scholarships for: Participation and academics, 1994.

Oregon State University Hui o Hawai’i Album, 1994-1995

Events and activities depicted: Ziggy’s palz, 1994; Freshman orientation dinner, 1994; First meeting, 1994; Ziggy’s fur, 1994; Shopping trip, 1994; Intramural, 1994; Halloween, October 1994; Ski, ski, ski, winter 1994-1995; Performance, 1995; Valentine’s Day, February 1995; Cane fire, 1995; Hula practice, 1995; 40th Annual Hawaiian Luau, April 29, 1995. Also included: Daily Barometer clippings and ticket from the Luau.

Oregon State University Hui o Hawai’i Album, 1999

Events and activities depicted: APA room dedication, February 16, 1999; Farewell party for Eloise, Highland View Middle School, April 7, 1999; Cultural show and tell, Highland View Middle School, April 27, 1999; Movie and pizza night, Mila’s, May 25, 1999; End of year pot luck, Brandon’s, June 4, 1999.

Oregon State University Hui o Hawai’i Album, 1999-2000

Events and activities depicted: Leadership retreat, October 1999; Fall reception, November 1999; APA outreach at AFC, April 2000; Polynesian students visit, October 2000; APA community reception, November 2000; Reception for Andy and Warren, November 20, 2000.

Oregon State University Hui o Hawai’i Album, 2002

Events and activities depicted: 47th Annual Luau, April 20, 2002; Dinner and traditional dancing.

Oregon State University Hui o Hawai’i Album, 2004

Events and activities depicted: 49th Annual Luau; Dinner and traditional dancing.

Oregon State University Hui o Hawai’i Album, 2005

Events and activities depicted: 50th Annual Luau, April 2, 2005; Dinner and traditional dancing.

Oregon State University Asian Pacific American Education Office Album, 1998-1999

Events and activities depicted: Leadership retreat to Lakota Lodge, Newport, Oregon, October 9-10, 1999; Outreach event, Parkrose High School, April 6, 1999; 2nd Annual Graduation Reception, Alumni Center, June 12, 1999. Bob Santos, May 20, 1999; New Hawaii Students & Family Pizza Feed, Market Place West, September 21, 1999.

Link to all 14 OSU Hui o Hawai’i Albums


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Remembering the Past, Queering the Present


Today, OSQA was in the spotlight for a Collections at the Center event. Students, faculty, and staff of Oregon State, as well as local community members, joined us in an exploration of local activist histories as queer inspiration for contemporary activism. Dr. Bradley Boovy, Natalia Fernández, and WGSS master’s student Vanessa Vanderzee led a short introduction about After 8, an organization established in Benton County in the 1990s in support of LGBT rights. The After 8 collection is OSQA’s newest addition, and contains materials documenting the groups political work and community outreach.

After the introduction and a brief Q&A, attendees got to work making activist buttons and writing postcards to local government officials to continue and build upon After 8’s commitment to LGBTQ+ rights.

A flickr set of this Collections at the Center event

Some photo highlights of the event can be found below (Check out the flickr set for more images).

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Day of Remembrance 2017


February 19, 2017 marks the 75th anniversary of when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, an order requiring the internment of all Americans of Japanese ancestry. In Oregon, since 1979, this has been known as the Day of Remembrance, a day commemorating the Japanese American internment during World War II. Within the state, there was a detention site: the former site of the Pacific International Livestock Exposition, which, in 1942, had been the site of the Portland Assembly Center.

To ensure that this history is not forgotten, and that we as a nation learn from our past mistakes, the OSU Asian Pacific Cultural Center curated a display to commemorate the Japanese-American experience, specifically the Japanese-American students who were enrolled at OSU at the time.

To see photographs of the display, check out the:

Day of Remembrance 2017 Display Flickr Set

Display Information:
When: mid-February – March 2017
Where: Main Floor, OSU Valley Library, Display Case to the left of the Main Entrance
Who: Display curated by Ty Sokalski: Student Success Peer Facilitator for the APCC; Dr. Patti Sakurai: Ethnic Studies Professor and APCC Advisory Council Member; Dr. Sandy Tsuneyoshi: APCC Advisory Council Member.

More information and links:

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OSU Juntos Lotería

osu-juntos-loteriaThe OSU Juntos Lotería set is now a part of the OSU Libraries Board Game Collection and is available for check out!

Just search for “osu juntos” in the library catalog to find the record:

OSU Juntos Lotería via the OSULP Catalog

OSU Juntos Lotería via the OSULP Catalog

OSU Juntos Lotería catalog record details

OSU Juntos Lotería catalog record details

You may be wondering “what is the OSU Juntos Lotería game, as well as how and why was it created?”

About Lotería:

Lotería has its origins in Europe and came to Mexico by way of Spain; it is often referred to as “Mexican Bingo.” While there is imagery used for Lotería cards that are traditionally and broadly recognized in Mexico, this OSU Juntos Lotería set was created by Oregon State University student Nicthé Verdugo. The imagery is based on a set of oral history interviews with members of the Latino/a community in Madras, Oregon. The oral history interviews are available via the OSU Oregon Multicultural Archives as part of the collection OH 32 Latinos en Oregón.

OSU Juntos Lotería Set

OSU Juntos Lotería

About the Latinos en Oregón oral history project and collection:

The OMA established the Latinos en Oregón oral history project and collection in the spring of 2015 to document the stories of members of Oregon’s Latino/a communities. The project began in the central Oregon, and the project’s first collaboration was with the Oregon State University Juntos program. OSU Juntos partners with schools to provide Latino/Latina families across Oregon with the knowledge and resources to gain access to higher education. In total, there were fifteen interviewees from the Madras, Oregon area, and they were asked to share information about their family/ancestors, immigration experiences, thoughts on life in Oregon, perspectives on a variety of topics and traditions, and finally, their plans for the future. The collection of interviews is available to the public, and all of the audio and video files are available online with interview transcriptions – the collection is entirely in Spanish.

Latinos en Oregon Oral History Collection

A part of the oral history interviews focused on the community members’ childhoods and many recalled the games they used to play as children in Mexico. This in particular was what inspired OSU student Nicthé Verdugo to create the Lotería set. She wanted to create something that the community could use, and for it to be something that the whole family, both parents and adults, could enjoy together. Verdugo listened to the interviews to develop the themes for the 54 card deck as part of the set.

“Lotería for the OSU Juntos Families” by Nicthé Verdugo


Nicthé Verdugo

My name is Nicthé Verdugo and I graduated from Oregon State University (OSU) in the spring of 2016 with a major in Ethnic Studies (focus on Chicanx/ Latinx Studies) and Social Justice. During my time in college, I was blessed to be able to connect with students and teachers who showed me what it is to fight for education. The amount of passion and heart that our Latinx/Chicanx community demonstrates is something that I have always admired and makes me feel very proud to be Chicanx.

During my last year at OSU, I was able to connect with Natalia Fernández of the Oregon Multicultural Archives to incorporate the oral histories of several parents, sons, and daughters who participated in the OSU Juntos program within the Madras and Culver, Oregon, communities as a project for one of my classes. After some time of thinking about how I would use the oral histories, I finally decided to make a personalized Lotería set for the OSU Juntos Program.

I know that without my parents, I would not have had the chance of coming all the way to Oregon to study, and for that, I will be forever grateful. My hope is that when the program uses the Lotería set, it serves as a reminder to parents, and the program coordinators, that we are deeply grateful for the unconditional support they provide (and continue to provide) to their students, sons, daughters, etc.

I will leave you with some empowering words that my father has always told me and that have helped me through my college journey: “¡Siempre pa’lante! Ni un paso para atrás, como el armadillo / Always forward! Not a step backwards, like the armadillo.”

 *The armadillo is the only animal that always walks forward and cannot walk backwards.

* The “x” is used to be more inclusive and derive from the gender binary.

Special thanks to: my father, my mother, and my sisters; also to Natalia Fernández, Ana Gómez, Robin Fifita, and Dr. Larry Roper; the Oregon Multicultural Archives for giving me the opportunity to use the collection “Latinos en Oregón: Sus Voces, Sus Historias, Su Herencia”; and the OSU Juntos families from the Madras and Culver, Oregon, communities for sharing their stories.

And now you may be wondering “how do you play OSU Juntos Lotería?”

A Loteria tabla

A Lotería tabla

Game Contents:

  • 1 Lotería Instructions sheet
  • 1 OSU Juntos Lotería sheet
  • 1 Lotería Project Information sheet
  • 10 playing boards, called ‘tablas’
  • A deck of cards with 54 cards
  • 1 bag of beans

How to Play Lotería:                                  

  • Each player (2-10 players) uses one game board called a ‘tabla’
  • The deck of cards is shuffled and is placed face down; one designated player turns over the cards, one at a time – s/he calls out the number and reads the card’s text
  • Each player tracks and marks the random draw of cards using the dry beans until they have one of the winning patterns (four in a row: across, down, or diagonally) or, for a longer game, have their ‘tabla’ full
  • Whenever a player has filled out a winning streak, or fills their ‘tabla’, they yell out “¡Lotería!” to win

We hope you go check out the set and enjoy the game!

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TOO BLACK Workshop and Performance


As part of the 35th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, the OMA was honored to collaborate with Diversity & Cultural Engagement, University Housing and Dining Services, and the School of History, Philosophy, & Religion, to organize the event “Speaking Justice” – a night of spoken word poetry by the OSU community and our feature artist, TOO BLACK, on Wednesday, January 18, 2017. And, in addition to the performance, the OMA was delighted to host the workshop “History of Race Relations at OSU” facilitated by TOO BLACK.


TOO BLACK, a graduate of Ball State University, is a spoken word poet based in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The name TOO BLACK developed from wanting to challenge the perceptions of blackness and humanity in general.  Influenced by a wide variety of artists and historical figures from Malcolm X to George Carlin to Audre Lorde, TOO BLACK brings a versatile perspective to the stage. TOO BLACK has a working dialogue that draws from personal experiences, historical and current events, and utilizes Hip Hop as a way to relay his point.  He has a conversational performance style in which he is talks to the audience not at them.

TOO BLACK teaches a poetry workshop called named “Speech is My Hammer” to empower children and young adults to think critically about issues of social justice.  He is also apart of an Indianapolis based group called Axiom Collective.  It is a community of dedicated artists and educators committed to transforming communities through creative expression, civic participation and transformative art education.

TOO BLACK has been performing poetry professionally for four years.  He successfully launched his own college tour called Education Redefined 101: Tips, Fees, and Degrees.  ER 101 has provided an opportunity for TOO BLACK to perform at a wide variety of colleges and universities including UCLA, Boston College, and Penn State University among many more.

Overall, TOO BLACK has featured and headlined venues throughout the country in 16 states including the historical Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York City, Jus Words in Philadelphia, Soul Speaks in Chicago, and Busboys & Poets in D.C.  In 2015 he was featured in AfroPunk online magazine.  He has been fortunate enough to open for black panther legends such as Elaine Brown and Erika Huggins as well as starring in a tribute show to honor the late Gil Scott-Heron.

TOO BLACK website and TOO BLACK Twitter

The Workshop

In the workshop, facilitated by TOO BLACK, participants learned about the history of race relations at OSU and its connections to contemporary issues. In his presentation “Today is yesterday” TOO BLACK shared his experiences from a recent visit to South Africa and connected it to an early 1980s protest and educational campaign led by the OSU African Students’ Association in response to wrestling coach Dale Thomas’ association with the South African wrestling community; the history is documented in the Ed Ferguson Oregon Anti-Apartheid Scrapbook. Through his facilitation, workshop participants connected the anti-apartheid student activism that occurred on campus to a number of contemporary issues: race relations at OSU today, our national context, what is currently occurring politically in South Africa, and the complex relationship between sports and politics.


TOO BLACK’s presentation “Today is yesterday”

As part of the workshop, participants created their own spoken word poetry – and one participant even performed as part of the evening’s event! TOO BLACK explained propaganda and counter-propaganda, and how spoken-word poetry can be a form of counter-propaganda.

  • Propaganda: “the deliberate, systematic attempt to shape perceptions, manipulate cognitions, and direct behavior to achieve a response that furthers the desired intent of the propagandist” ~ Garth Jowett and Victoria O’Donnell
  • Counter-Propaganda: “carefully prepared answers to false propaganda with the purpose of refuting the disinformation and undermining the propagandist.” ~ Herbert Romerstein

Workshop participants were asked to:

Write a poem/create a form of art that represents counter-propaganda towards a particular social justice issue while tying the past to the present

Examples of counter-propaganda topics:

  • Black-on-Black crime has nothing to do with police brutality
  • White people did not discover humanity
  • Poor people work just as hard as rich people
  • Latinx – Americans should learn Spanish
  • LGBTQ – you can’t convert the way you were born (Conversion therapy)
  • All identities intersect
Workshop participants working on their poems

Workshop participants working on their poems

Workshop participants sharing their work with one another

Workshop participants sharing their work with one another

The Performance

The performance took place in the Memorial Union Lounge and there were over 100 students, Faculty/Staff, and community members in attendance. The evening began with Brandi Douglas, of UHDS and one of the event organizers, welcoming all in attendance and with introductions to the students who shared their spoken word poetry. The students expressed their personal social justice struggles beautifully, and the first part of the evening closed with Douglas’ own poem which included audience participation.

TOO BLACK’s performance included about a half dozen poems ranging in topics from apartheid and imperialism, student debt, police killings of black men, capitalism, and more. His presence was memorizing and his words were incredibly moving. Afterwards, he not only had an opportunity for a Q & A, he stayed late to share his book of poems – students lined up to purchase their very own signed copy.



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Radio Movimiento Interview

radio-movimientoThe OMA was on Radio Movimiento as part of its Dinos Quién Eres, Lazos Universitarios OSU series! The series, which airs every second Wednesday of the month, focuses on showing the stories of leaders and people from OSU’s Latino community and the work they carry out to improve their community. Radio Movimiento is community radio station operated by PCUN (Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste). KPCN-LP began airing on August 18, 2006. The OMA interviewed aired December 14, 2016 and is available online. In it Natalia Fernández, OMA curator and archivist talks about her childhood, her university experiences, and work as an archivist.


Interview Description (the interview is in Spanish)

Hoy conoceremos a Natalia Fernández, hija de padres Cubanos, quienes llegaron exiliados de Cuba en los años 60. Natalia paso la mayor parte de su vida en Tucson Arizona en donde sus padres se establecieron cuando ella tenía 5 años. Natalia curso su educación primaria, secundaria y preparatoria en Tucson Arizona y posteriormente estudio en la Universidad de Arizona en donde obtuvo su licenciatura en Historia de Arte y Literatura Española. Después, obtuvo su maestría en Información Recursos y ciencia de la biblioteca (Information Resources and Library Science) de la misma Universidad de Arizona. Natalia enfatiza que, el tener el apoyo de sus padres, para ella fue muy importante para poder lograr sus metas académicas. Ella nos dice que la comunicación honesta con los padres es muy importante. El expresar las preocupaciones, las indecisiones y los planes, a los padres o a las personas que sirven como tal, es esencial para obtener una guía y apoyo fuerte que impulsen a obtener las metas académicas y personales. Natalia ahora trabaja como Archivista para el Archivo Multicultural de Oregon, de La Universidad del Estado de Oregon (Oregon State University). Para Natalia el ser Archivista es un trabajo gratificante, ya que; el documentar las historias de las diferentes comunidades y culturas que existen en Oregon le han hecho descubrir un mundo que ella no conocía.

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ES 351 Fall Term 2016 Class Poster Session


This fall term the OMA hosted the students of Professor Daniel López-Cevallos’ ethnic studies course ES 351 “Ethnic Minorities in Oregon” for a session on the collections and histories available for them to use as part of their class projects. At the end of the term, the students returned to the archives to give poster presentations about their research. The students’ topics of study included: the IRCO Asian Family Center, Chinese Disinterment in Oregon, Mexican Immigration in Oregon, the Oregon – and OSU – Japanese Exclusion and Executive Order 9066, the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and Chinese Miners in Oregon.

ES 351 Course Description:


ES 351 Course Objectives:


Check out the photos of the ES 351 Fall Term 2016 Class Poster Session below!

IRCO Asian Family Center

OMA collections used: IRCO Asian Family Center Oral History Collection and the OSU Asian and Pacific Cultural Center Records



Chinese Disinterment in Oregon

OMA Collection Used: Oregon Chinese Disinterment Documents digital collection



Mexican Immigration in Oregon

OMA Collections Used: Erlinda Gonzales-Berry Papers and the Braceros in Oregon Photograph Collection


The Oregon – and OSU – Japanese Exclusion and Executive Order 9066

OMA Collections Used: Various pertaining to OSU’s Japanese American Students During WWII



Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde

OMA Related Collections Used: The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde newspaper, Smoke Signals, 1978-present, available via the Oregon Historic Newspapers Project



Chinese Miners in Oregon

OMA Related Collections Used: Various articles within The Oregon Encyclopedia




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The OMA at the Oregon Migrations Symposium


The OMA was delighted to give a presentation on one of its current projects, the Latinos en Oregón oral history project, at the Oregon Migrations Symposium on November 17, 2016, at the University of Oregon in Eugene. It was a full day of amazing presentations with a kick off event occurring the evening before featuring a number of public history projects. The OMA’s presentation “Latinos en Oregón: Stories of Migration and Settlement in Madras, Oregon” is available online, so be sure to check it out!

More information on the symposium and the list of presenters can be found below:


Wednesday, November 16

  • Panel Discussion: Migration Public History with Gwen Trice (Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center), Gabriela Martínez (Latino Roots), Suenn Ho (Garden of Surging Waves), and Jackie Peterson-Loomis, on Beyond the Gate: A Tale of Portland’s Historic Chinatowns

Thursday, November 17

  • Welcome and Oregon Immigration Overview with Dr. Bob Bussel and Dr. Dan Tichenor

Panel 1

  • Lynn Stephen, “Guatemalan Mam Refugees in Oregon: Women and Children Finding a New Life in the Northwest”
  • Natalia Fernández, “Latinos en Oregón: sus voces, sus historias, su herencia” [The OMA!]
  • Carol Silverman, “Roma (Gypsies) in Oregon: A Hidden History”

Panel 2

  • Bill Lang, “1850’s Crucible: Oregon Migrant Re-settlers, Native People, and Creating a New Society”
  • Rebecca Dobkins, “Contemporary Access to Ancestral Lands in Oregon for the purpose of Traditional Plant Harvest: Addressing the History of Dispossession”

Panel 3

  • Brown-Bag Lunch and Panel Discussion — “In the Shadow of the 2016 Election: Immigration Debates in Oregon and Beyond,” with Dr. Kim Williams, Portland State University; Andrea Williams, CAUSA; and Phil Carrasco, Grupo Latino de Acción Directa (GLAD); moderated by Dr. Dan Tichenor

Panel 4

  • Ryan Dearinger, “Hop-Picking Cultures in Oregon:  Reaping Exclusion out of Diversity”
  • Jo Ogden, “The Telling Case of Bhagat Singh Thind”
  • Mario Sifuentez, “Ethnic Mexican Labor and the Post-WWII Pacific Northwest”


  • Wrap Up and Reflection with Dr. Bob Bussel and Dr. Dan Tichenor



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“Occupying Margins” A Panel Discussion on Gender

“This panel aims to spotlight the lived experiences of non-binary/genderqueer/gender non-conforming folx who live beyond the gender binary”

As part of Trans Awareness Week on OSU’s campus, SOL and the Pride Center hosted an event entitled “Occupying Margins: A Panel Discussion on Gender” in which three OSU students—Tara, Malik, and Vickie—spoke about their personal experiences with gender, as well larger impressions of the topic. During the event, the panelists answered pre-decided question as well as queries from the audience. A wide array of issues were addressed, including South Asian poetry duo Dark Matter and their argument that if you are a person of color, queer, differently abled, neuro-diverse, low-income, etc. you already do not fit the definition of “man” or “woman.” The three describe their vision for working towards a society that cherishes these trans and non-binary genders and relationships, rather than just “accepting” non-binary people. In addition, the group explores the ways in which the definition of gender can be expanded and improved by acknowledging histories and legacies of slavery and colonization. All of the panelists stress the need for difficult conversations, and interventions that make others question their harmful assumptions. They explain that this includes talking to strangers, standing up for your friends, and fostering dialogue with family members.

A longer summary of the panel, and corresponding time stamps for the video, can be found by scrolling to the bottom of this post.

Panelists: Tara Crochett, Malik Ensley, Vickie Zeller
Moderator: Samantha Wood
Date: November 14, 2016
Location: OSU Centro Cultural César Chávez

Link to Recording of “Occupying Margins” A Panel Discussion on Gender



This event was part of OSU’s Transgender Awareness Week 2016


As part of Trans Awareness Week on OSU’s campus, SOL and the Pride Center hosted an event entitled “Occupying Margins: A Panel Discussion on Gender” in which three OSU students—Tara, Malik, and Vickie—spoke about their personal experiences with gender, as well larger impressions of the topic. In the recording of this event, the panelists begin by introducing themselves, stating their name, pronouns, and what the last thing they posted on social media was. The first question asked of the panelists by the moderator was, “What do identities that fall outside the binary look like to you and what do they say?” (00:02:21) Malik begins by stating that these identities take many forms, and are expressed differently and uniquely by each individual, meaning that non-binary folks can look like anyone. Malik points out that there exists a misled assumption that non-binary and/or trans people are inherently white, able-bodied, skinny and fashionable. Tara adds that non-binary folks are not always visible, often for safety reasons, and the panelists discuss the various cultural barriers that can impact the way these identities are talked about.

In the second question, the panelists are asked, “How do you view non-binary identities in terms of ‘trans’?” (00:08:40) Vickie responds in saying that trans is an umbrella term, and explains the various identities that fall under that umbrella. However, Malik and Tara add that there needs to be critique of such umbrella terms, because it can often erase some of the identities it is meant to encompass, thus making it more difficult to identify as such. Malik outlines the ways in which many who identify as trans, or underneath the umbrella of trans, may not wish to transition, but how there is often pressure to do so. In addition to seconding Malik’s resistance to dominant trans narratives, Tara differentiates between gender identity and gender expression. Vickie wraps up the question by asking why they are pressured to present themselves in a certain way in order to have their non-binary identity validated.

For the third question, the panel moderator asks, “How do you feel about the way gender is defined in mainstream feminism? How can we improve and expand this definition?” (00:19:15) Malik begins by saying that for them, “mainstream” feminism and White feminism are one in the same, defining White feminism as a movement that is not intersectional. They stress the importance of asking who the categories of “man” and “woman” are made for, and who were they made around? The panelists discuss an argument made by queer South Asian poetry duo Dark Matter that if you are a person of color, queer, differently abled, neuro-diverse, low-income, etc. you already do not fit the definition of “man” or “woman.” The panelists discuss their vision that rather than working towards “accepting” non-binary people, we should instead work towards cherishing these relationships and these identities. In addition, the group explores the ways in which the definition of gender can be expanded and improved by acknowledging histories and legacies of slavery and colonization. Tara ends by providing an example of how mainstream definitions of gender hurt activist work, using a Trump protest they attended as an example of the ways gender non-conforming people get erased with phrases like “pussy grabs back” and “her body her choice” that prioritize the needs of white cis women.

In the fourth segment of the panel, the participants answer the question, “How does this ‘in-between’ identity complicate the other ways you identify?” (00:30:00) Tara explains that as someone who identifies as both mixed-race and non-binary, they have experienced feeling a sense of in-between or that they were a “watered-down version” of a particular identity. At the same time, they explain that they have begun to come to terms with their identities, but also recognize the simultaneous privilege and erasure that occurs with such “in-between” experiences. Malik expands on this, noting that because of the narrative of hyper-masculinity forced on black men, Malik sees that their relationships are complicated greatly by gender identity, sexuality, and romantic identity. The panelists discuss the need to ask themselves when they want to put themselves out there, when they can disclose their true identity, when do they come out with their gender pronouns, and how all of these questions are complicated by intersecting identities.

Next, the moderator asks, “Why are panels like these important? Why does sharing experiences have so much power?” (00:39:29) Vickie explains that panels of this nature give a sense of community, making a space to share experiences allows for growth and support. Malik agrees that panels can provide necessary connection, and can be helpful for people to understand the struggles experienced by others. However, they also explain that we need to get to a place where we don’t have to meet a physical person to feel connected to their pain, and want to do something to fix the structures that impact them. To prove why sharing experiences is so powerful, Malik describes interactions they have had with their young students, and how these conversations have challenged the binary ways of thinking into which children are commonly indoctrinated. The panelists also discuss the importance of visibility, and the need to recognize the QTPOC work that has already been accomplished which allows for panels like these today—making these conversations a way of honoring the hard work that has been done in the past.

Following this discussion, the panelists are asked to provide a call to action with the question, “How can we support identities that are beyond the gender binary? How do you want people to support you?” (00:47:45) All of the panelists stress the need for difficult conversations, and interventions that make others question their harmful assumptions. They explain that this includes talking to strangers, standing up for your friends, and fostering dialogue with family members. Importantly, Tara acknowledges that it is best to start these dialogues in spaces where one has privilege that can, to some extent, protect against potential backlash. Malik also mentions the need for everyone to always introduce their pronouns, regardless of the individual’s identity, and to respect other people’s pronouns in a number of different ways. Malik ends by advising the audience, and their fellow panelists, to always try to “do a little better than yesterday.”

In the last question, the panelists are asked, “Do you have any tips for people who are struggling with their gender identity, and how to explore that?” (00:58:14) Malik repeats the importance of conversation mentioned in the previous discussion topic. They suggest to talk about their struggles with others who will be supportive and to additionally focus on verbalizing what they do know, and spend less time grappling with what they don’t know. Tara draws on a quote they read in the Pride Center bathroom book in saying, “Know that you don’t have to fix the world” (01:01:20). Vickie adds to the discussion by explaining that not all people need conversation for support, and suggests listening to the stories of others and using the internet as a resource for those that are “internal processors.” The panelists spend the last 15 minutes responding to audience questions (01:05:11) and comments, and wrapping up the discussion. The panel ends on a positive note (01:23:15), with panelists and attendees articulating their gender in unique and creative ways (i.e. my gender is “masculine wild child”).

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