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The World at Your Doorstep: Our Native American neighbors at Salem Public Library

posted Jan 27, 2012, 4:12 PM by Salem Keizer   [ updated Aug 15, 2012, 11:28 AM ]

The third in a year-long series of programs that explore Salem’s cultural communities takes place on Saturday, February 4, 2012, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Salem Public Library.

February’s program celebrates Salem’s Native American community. A presentation in Anderson Rooms A and B at 11:00 a.m. by Dr. David Lewis of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde will examine the history of Native Americans in the Salem area. From noon to 2 p.m., a weaving demonstration, a traditional Fun Dance and other family-friendly activities will take place on the library’s main floor.

View and download a poster [PDF]

The World at Your Doorstep originated as a diversity awareness exercise conducted by and for employees of Salem-Keizer School District. Phil Decker, principal of Four Corners Elementary School, realized that these presentations could serve as the nucleus for programs that might be of interest to the wider Salem community. The Cultural Resources Department of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde has partnered with Salem-Keizer Schools and Salem Public Library to create this program.

Two more “Doorstep” Saturdays are planned for the upcoming months, each focusing on a different cultural group. Programs spotlighting Salem’s Marshallese and African American communities are planned.

All programs are free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Salem Library’s website at www.salemlibrary.org or call 503-588-6052, or call Phil Decker at 503-399-3145.