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A Native American child on horseback at the Pendleton Round-Up, ca. 1940.
A Native American child on horseback at the Pendleton Round-Up, ca. 1940.
Gifford Photograph Collection (P 218). (Click to enlarge)

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Oregon Multicultural Archives - Online Audio/Video

A small sampling of the video and audio materials held in our collections that are related to ethnic minority groups in Oregon. For more see the University History, Athletics, Natural Resources and History of Science video and audio pages.


Historic Films

  • Celilo Falls footage, circa 1950s. (0:15:21) Silent footage of Celilo Falls on the Columbia River, including scenes of traditional tribal fishing practices at the falls. Celilo Falls was submerged by the Columbia River following the completion of The Dalles Dam in 1957.
  • Farm worker life at Green Villa Farm, Independence, Oregon, 1961. (0:17:19) This mostly silent footage provides insight into the spaces and culture of migrant farm work at the Green Villa Farm. Scenes include exterior and interior shots of workers' quarters including bathing and laundry facilities, a general store and other accommodations; women and children preparing meals and tending to household chores; children being transported to and leaving school; and social events including a dance with live music.
  • Interview with artist George McKee Cochran, 1967. (0:07:06) Interview with a Native American artist who is not identified, but who is believed to be George McKee Cochran (1908-1990), a member of the Cherokee Nation who lived in Oklahoma and Oregon. Cochran displays work inspired by the raising of a tepee at Warm Springs, Oregon as well as the flooded fishing grounds at Celilo Falls on the Columbia River. Cochran also reflects on the important role that art can play in preserving indigenous cultures. Hosted by OSU Art professor, Virginia Taylor.
  • "Migrant Education, New Settlers," circa 1960s. (0:26:57) This film documents the migrant community in Ontario, Oregon circa 1960s, and provides insight into educational, employment and residence opportunities available at the time. The film focuses in particular on approaches to education, including scenes of pre-school, high school and adult education classes in English literacy, math, Mexican culture, auto repair, and metalworking. Several interviews are interspersed throughout the film, including one with a family at home commenting on their lives in Oregon and the opportunities available to them. A description of processing and sacking onions is likewise included, as is a job interview with a potential worker at a food processing plant.
  • "This Land Was Theirs," 1971. (0:27:41) Labeled "This Land Was Theirs," this film consists primarily of silent footage of the Oregon coast interspersed with on-camera narration related to the history and traditions of Native American coastal communities. The narrative clips identify the film's locations as Cape Perpetua, Coos Bay and Bullards Beach State Park. The narrators comment on foods commonly gathered by the coastal peoples; artifacts found at a kitchen midden located south of present-day Yachats, Oregon; and a massacre of Coquille men and women carried out by white miners during the winter of 1854. One specific narrator also shares stories related to the life of his Native American grandmother and her ancestors.
  • Warm Springs and Madras community film, circa 1971. (0:15:15) Labeled "Cinemex Warm Springs," this film consists of both silent and sound footage depicting the Warm Springs Reservation and the city of Madras, Oregon in the early 1970s. The silent footage includes shots of the landscape surrounding Warm Springs as well as scenes of community life in Warm Springs and Madras, with particular attention paid to schools in both locations. The film's narrators speak on support for Native American students attending OSU, and education and human resources initiatives being pursued at Warm Springs.
  • "Klamath Falls Indian Film," ca. 1974. (0:46:06) Labeled "Klamath Falls Indian Film," this largely silent footage includes scenes of the Kah-Nee-Ta resort and surrounding areas on the Warm Springs Reservation, as well as areas near Klamath Falls. Other scenes include a saw mill in operation, children playing at a school, attendees leaving the Chiloquin Assembly of God, and pelicans at what may be Upper Klamath Lake. At different points in the film, two narrators provide their thoughts on the costs and benefits of economic development on tribal land.
  • "Gotta Start Somewhere...Minorities in the Mass Media, 1973. (0:14:06) A documentary that focuses on a broadcasting workshop and internship program hosted for students of color at OSU in the early 1970s. Digitized from a VHS original held in the Media Services Moving Images Collection (FV P 119).
  • "Nothin' Comes Easy," 1974. (0:12:22) A scripted film that examines university support services for students of color. Topics referenced include financial aid, academic support, and recruitment through the Educational Opportunities Program. The film also highlights the potential for study in Pharmacy, Communications, Engineering, and Forestry, as well as involvement in the operations of the Memorial Union, the Black Student Union and other cultural organizations.
  • "A Raisin in the Sun," March 1983. (0:22:21) "A Raisin in the Sun" was the first OSU theatrical production to focus on the African American experience. It was staged from March 8-12, 1983 in the Cortright Studio Theater in what was then known as Education Hall (present-day Furman Hall). One cast member, Loretta Smith, who played the role of Ruth, was elected to the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners in 2010.
  • "Black Families and the Railroad in Oregon and the Northwest: An Oral History," 1985. (0:27:33) Written, directed and produced by Michael Grice and hosted by Tim Reid, this film tells the story of African American railroad porters in the Pacific Northwest.
  • "Paths with Proud Moments," ca. 1992. (0:19:03) This film was produced by the Indian Education Office in about 1992 for the purpose of recruiting Native American students to Oregon State University. The production includes footage of Native American students and staff describing their experiences at Oregon State University and campus views. SCARC holds two copies of this item, one in the Student Affairs Moving Images collection (FV P 182) and a second in the University Advancement Videotapes (FV P 210).
  • "The Native American Community at OSU," 1993. (0:30:20) Office of Indian Education production.
  • Urban League of Portland Keynote Talks, 1992-1996. Cleo Fields, keynote speaker at the 1992 ULP Annual Dinner; John Mack, keynote speaker at the 1993 ULP Equal Opportunity Dinner; Ronald Daly, keynote speaker at the 1996 ULP Equal Opportunity Dinner; and Rev. Ron Sailor, keynote speaker at the 1996 ULP Annual Dinner.
  • OSU Student Boycott and March, 1996. (1:56:25) Digitized from a VHS original held in the Jean Moule Papers (MSS Moule).
  • "Betty LaDuke: An Artist's Journey from the Bronx to Timbuktu," 1996. (0:30:18)
  • "Eritrean Artists in War and Peace," 1997. (0:53:14) Follows Betty LaDuke as she travels to Eritrea to speak with a group of artists that she first met on a teaching trip in 1994, all of whom fought in the war between Eritrea and Ethiopia. Includes interviews with Elsa Jacob, Terhas Iyassu, Mikael Adonai, Brehane Adonai, Haile Michaiel Ogbu, Laine Blata, Abraham Mogos, Kiros Abebe, Woldu Afwari, Haile Berhe, Mussie Asgodam, and Danny Dafla.
  • "Persistent Women Artists," 1997. (0:30:06) Presented by Betty LaDuke and profiling fellow artists Pablita Velarde, Mine Okubo and Lois Mailou Jones.
  • "Bailes de Mexico," circa 1990s. (1:10:23)
  • "Black Greeks at OSU," circa 2000s. (0:18:01)
  • Difference, Power and Discrimination Lectures. Nikki Giovanni, April 18, 2002 (1:34:50); Gloria Anzaldua, April 24, 2003 (1:46:39).
  • "OSU LGBTQ+ Community Film," 2015. (0:40:00)

Events Videos


  • "On Klamath Life and Singing in Klamath", 1974. (Part 1 and Part 2) A sound recording that includes an interview between OSU English professor Roger Weaver and Marie Norris, one of the last people able to speak the Klamath language.
  • Japanese-American Association of Lane County, Oregon, Oral Histories, 1994-2008. Digital recordings of interviews from Japanese-Americans living Eugene, Lane County, Oregon and the surrounding areas. These oral histories document the immigrant experiences of the interviewees' parents and grandparents; their World War II experiences in the United States or in Japan, and their lives in Eugene and neighboring communities in the years following the end of the war. Captured along with the audio files in this collection is a lecture by Hiroshi Ogawa discussing his family's experiences in a World War II internment camp.
  • Oregon Multicultural Archives Oral History Collection (OH 18). A growing repository of interviews that documents the experiences and perspectives of people of color who have spent at least portions of their lives in Oregon. Audio and transcripts of many of the interviews held in this collection are available online.
  • Oregon State University Cultural Centers Oral History Collection (OH 21). Consists of interviews with undergraduate and graduate student staff members of OSU's four cultural centers. Audio and transcripts of these interviews are available online.

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