The Takelma - Jackson County, Oregon
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N 42° 27.403 W 123° 01.793
10T E 497542 N 4700487
One of five signs at Gold Nugget Recreation Site.
Waymark Code: WM7R86
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 11/25/2009
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Marker Name: The Takelma
Marker Text: The world of the Takelma people could be viewed from Titanakh, Table Rocks. Of the two major groups of the Takelma, the Dagelma resided west from here, while the Latgawa extended to the east. These people gathered grass seed, acorns and camas; hunted elk and deer; and fished for salmon and trout. They traded and married with other tribal families living nearby.
“People shall spear salmon, they will go to get food, to one another will they go to get food; one another they will feed, and they shall not kill one another. In that way shall the world be, as long as the world goes on.” Coyote (From a Takelma Legend)
In 1827 a Hudson’s Bay Company party led by Peter Skene Ogden entered the Rogue Valley. Within a generation, settlers and miners occupied the valleys, clearing and plowing up the land. And miners dug up the streambanks for gold. The Takelma fought fiercely for their homeland, engaging in both diplomacy and warfare to save their way of life. It was from Table Rocks that Takelama people watched their ancestral world fall apart. The U.S. Army was called in and defeated the native peoples in 1856, and survivors were removed to the Grande Ronde and Siletz reservations in northwestern Oregon.
“If we could be even on the borders of our native land, where we could sometimes see it, we would be satisfied.” Cholcultah, Takelma headman
Today, descendants of these people still keep a watchful eye on their homeland in the shadow of Titanakh.

Historic Topic: Native American

Group Responsible for placement: BLM

Marker Type: Roadside

Region: Southern Oregon

County: Jackson

State of Oregon Historical Marker "Beaver Board": Not listed

Web link to additional information: Not listed

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