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Native Studies Research Colloquium—Elakha Alliance Tribal Youth Internship Overview: Creating A Cultural Traveling Display

Tuesday, January 31 at 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Many Nations Longhouse
1630 Columbia Street, Eugene, OR

Have you ever seen a sea otter on the Oregon Coast before? Most likely, the answer is no. Sea otters are locally extinct along the Oregon Coast today, primarily due to overkill during the fur trade.

The Elakha Alliance is a non-profit organization working to reintroduce sea otters to Oregon. As an Elakha Alliance Tribal Youth Intern, third-year student Kaitlynn Spino helped to create a cultural traveling display that will travel along the coast. The display will provide a blast to the past with historical images and information, as well as a view of what our future could look like with sea otters as part of the ecosystem. Join Kaitlynn Spino for a conversation surrounding her experience, including how she created space for Indigenous languages while exploring the possibility of reintroducing the ancestors, sea otters, of many Oregon Indigenous tribes.