Oregon Tribes' anthropologist bridges two worlds

GRAND RONDE — David G. Lewis signs his emails with a phrase of Chinuk Wawa, the language of his ancestors, and its English translation: “Go Ducks!”

It’s a subtle and mischievous nod to the two worlds that he straddles as a dual citizen of the United States and the sovereign nation known as The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.

As the tribes’ museum curator and cultural liaison, David, 47, is a bridge between non-Indian society and the tribes that once roamed most of Western Oregon. In five years, he has put 130,000 miles on his ’99 Camry to teach and testify throughout the state. Read more