In January 1852, American settlers first claimed land in what is now Ashland, Oregon. The first settlers to arrive found a Shasta tribe winter village of around 100 people located in the area of the current Ashland Plaza and Lithia Park.
During the years 1852 to 1856, Rogue Valley Native Americans lost their land, their culture and many lost their lives. Those who did not die were forced in 1856 to travel on foot more than 150 miles north to the Siletz or Grande Ronde reservations.
I want to remember and honor them by sharing stories of their lives and culture before the arrival of American settlers, as well as their lives and culture today. I hope you will learn with me through these WalkAshland photo essays.