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Ode to Central Kalapuyan
Ode to Central Kalapuyan
Ink and Paint on Paper
6 x 9 inches
2022

Central Kalapuyan was a Kalapuyan language indigenous to the central and southern Willamette Valley in Oregon in the United States. (wiki) Last spoken in 1954 with the death of John B. Hudson. Some attempts were made to record the language in Latin based alphabet. This is problematic, but the best evidence left by a recorder named Melville Jacobs and later analyzed by Jonathan Banks.