Thomas Doty – Storyteller

Ti'lomikh – Native Village

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Drawing.  The Ti'lomikh Project


Welcome!

Since I was a child I have been visiting the ancient Takelma village site of Ti'lomikh. And since 1981, when I began work as a native storyteller, I have been researching the lore and history of Ti'lomikh. This has been an adventure as well as a long and often challenging journey. Much of what is known is buried in reams of linguistic texts, unpublished field notes, back rooms of museums and in the memories of elders. And my own memories of conversations with relations who are no longer with us.

The purpose of this project is to bring all of this information together on this web page. Enjoy!

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The Ti'lomikh Project was funded by the Robert M. Stafrin Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation.


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Drawing.  Introduction


The Village


The Takelma Language


Harrington's Field Notes


Rogue River Directions

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Drawing.  Salmon Nation Radio


Agnes Baker-Pilgrim, Stephen Kiesling and Thomas Doty were interviewed at Ti'lomikh by Alex Chadwick and Katie Davis, veterans of public radio. They tell the story of finding the Story Chair, a crucial part of the Sacred Salmon Ceremony.

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Drawing.  An Original Native Story


All Night Salmon Leap the Falls: Doty and Coyote meet the spirit of the poet called Lampman in an old house in the woods. The three of them walk back through time to participate in the Sacred Salmon Ceremony at Ti'lomikh, an ancient village along the Rogue River.

There is more of Thomas Doty's writing in the Library.

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The winter lodges at Ti'lomikh would have looked much like this one. Inside, the floor is about two feet below ground level, with a firepit in the center, and sitting and sleeping lodges around the edges. This replica was built by Gray Eagle in 2001 in honor of Takelma elder Agnes Baker-Pilgrim, and is located at the Kerbyville Museum in Kerby, Oregon.

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Takelma elder Agnes Baker-Pilgrim at Ti'lomikh in 2014.

The Salmon Ceremony at Ti'lomikh Falls (PDF)

Drawing.  People, Characters, Places


Baker, George & Eveline


Baker-Pilgrim, Agnes


Cow Creek Indians


Coyote


Cressman, Luther S.


Daldal


Drucker, Philip


Eagan, Mary


Evans, Ned


Gold Hill


Grand Ronde Indian Reservation


Hanesak


Harrington, John Peabody


Jennie


Johnson, Frances


Mugger's Alley


Ogden, Peter Skene


Orton, Molly


Riddle, George


Rocky Point / Rock Point


Rogue River


Sapir, Edward


Shasta Indians


Siletz Indian Reservation


Table Rocks


Takelma Indians


Ti'lomikh


Ti'lomikh Falls


Tipulhukh


Walker

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Salmon baking at the Sacred Salmon Ceremony at Ti'lomikh, 2007.

Drawing.  Texts


The Rogue River: Lifeblood of the World


Old Time Salmon Stories


Sacred Salmon Ceremony


First Encounters


Molly Orton & Old Man Walker


Houses & Cemeteries


Dams, Dredges & Ditches

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Map 1


Map 2

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Drawing.  Sources


Atwood, Kay


Baker-Pilgrim, Agnes


Beckham, Stephen Dow


Beeson, John


Buan, Carolyn M. and Richard Lewis (Editors)


Cressman, L. S.


Daugherty, Maude


Dorsey, J. Owen


Doty, Thomas


Douthit, Nathan


Drucker, Philip


Gray, Dennis


Harrington, John Peabody


Jackson, Chuck


LaLande, Jeff


LaPlante, Margaret


Miller, Bill


Riddle, George


St. Clair, Henry H.


Sapir, Edward


Schwartz, E. A.


Spier, Leslie


Walsh, Jane MacLaren


Zucker, Jeff, Kay Hummel and Bob Hogfoss

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Thomas Doty telling native stories at the Sacred Salmon Ceremony in 2007, and at the First Nations Day Celebration in 2016.