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Pat Courtney Gold, Artist

Now on display at the Visitors Center: Native American baskets and quilt by artist Pat Courtney Gold
Today we installed a new exhibit in the Visitor Center's "Expressions of Culture" area that highlights the work of artist Pat Courtney Gold of the Wasco tribe.  The exhibit includes unique baskets with intricate tribal designs and a story quilt made by Pat in the tradition of her people.  Pat's work will remain in the Visitors Center...
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Contemporary Masks Inspired by Chinookan Stories

Visit the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center to see an exhibit of nine contemporary masks inspired by beings from traditional stories of Chinookan peoples. The masks represent She Who Watches, Raven, Yuhlma, The Darkness One, Coyote, Salmon, Swallowing Monster, Wind, and Atathlia. They were created by Artist Bill Rutherford. For Chinookan peoples along ...
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Betsy White Wing Ough

"Founder of Washougal, WA" Our story explores the life of Betsy Ough, founder of Washougal, WA. Born into a Cascade tribe, her Indian name translated meant "White Wing." Her tribal village was located at today's Parker's Landing on the Columbia River and her father was Chief Schlyhouse.  In her early twenties, White Wing met a British trader a...
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Forgotten Stories of Clark County Women – The Voices Seldom Heard

Part 1 — Stories of 19 th Century Women Who Influenced Clark County Welcome to the podcast series of the Friends of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. This series gives voice to the " Forgotten Stories of Clark County Women – The Voices Seldom Heard. " In the 19 th century the population of Clark County, WA, increased dramatically from the size...
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Mother Joseph

The Five Founders of Providence Academy
"Architect, Teacher & Roman Catholic Nun" This story highlights Mother Joseph of the Sisters of Providence who was born Esther Pariseau in Laval Canada in 1823. At age 20, she entered the order of Sisters of Charity of Providence and took the name "Joseph" in honor of her father. He was a carpenter and his daughter sooner became an accomplished...
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