|University of Oregon's Museum of Natural and Cultural History|
|Stone lamp, found near the John Day Reservoir, Gilliam County|
|10,000 year old sagebrush sandals|
I'm going to be asking myself how I can incorporate the essence of this experience into my artwork in a way that is respectful of the sources, creating without acting in a way that amounts to cultural appropriation. One of the themes of the museum is to remind visitors that the descendants of the people whose lifeways are depicted are still here, something that is indelibly etched in my thinking as a result of my studies in archaeology and anthropology for my first degree.
If you happen to find yourself in Eugene, a visit to the museum is well-worth the time and the small admittance fee.