Community Reflections

This page contains a selection of letters, poems, and writings submited by those in the community with an interest in Chetco history.

Lucy Dick

J.F. Ball

It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words and this picture portrays the plight of a once proud and peaceful people: the southern Oregon Chetco (Cheti) Indian. The tribe loved their native lands along the lower regions of the Chetco and Winchuck Rivers. This peaceful tribe of hunters and gatherers, fished, hunted sea lions, harvested shellfish, picked berries, and acorns. They lived in dwellings made of wooden planks and their clothing was made of deer and other animal skins, Cedar and Maple bark, Tule grass, and skin robes to protect them from the cold.

A Glimpse Of The Past

Vernadell Mann, December 1974