Thomas Doty – Storyteller

A Native View

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Upriver Downriver

In the native world of southern Oregon -- in the landscape as well as in the Old Time stories -- there are two directions. Upriver and downriver. Upriver is to the east toward the rising sun and the beginning of the river. Downriver is to the west toward the setting sun and the Land of the Dead. For centuries, native folks have walked ancient trails along rivers and creeks, from village to village, out under the sun and inside the myths.

Photo: Boundary Springs, headwaters of the Rogue River.


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