Thomas Doty – Storyteller

Native Peace Tile


A Good Journey Toward Peace and Healing

Thomas Doty, in collaboration with Roy Phillips, designed this tile for the Peace Wall located in front of the Ashland Public Library in downtown Ashland, Oregon. The images are traditional native rock writing symbols. In the upper left are two arrowheads pointing toward each other symbolizing conflict or war. Five moccasin prints (indicating both a good journey and passage of time) lead toward two arrowheads pointing away from each other meaning no conflict or peace. The background is a rock face at a Takelma vision quest site for medicine people located above the Rogue River. The names in red are native tribes from southern Oregon and northern California. The actual size is 6" x 6".