Bend—During April and May, OLLI-UO in Central Oregon has presented a series of five lectures on the Eastern Oregon Indian Wars. Organized by long-time member, Margaret Young, this spring series has been popular with OLLI members and the community.
The last lecture in the series, Eagan and the Bannock-Paiute War of 1878, will be presented on Thursday, May 24, from 2:00-4:00 p.m., at the Bend Senior Center, 1600 SE Reed Market Road.
Starvation or war! The choice was stark. The Bannocks found their Great Camas Prairie, source of camas bulbs for winter sustenance, overrun with settler’s hogs and cattle. This led to one of the last of the Indian wars and this one was over survival. The great Chiefs, Buffalo Horn and Eagan prepared for war.
Paul M. Patton, Eastern Oregon Region Interpretive Coordinator for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, returns to help us understand the people and the time.
Other lectures in the series included:
- Wednesday, April 18 The Cayuse War of 1847-1855 Presenter: Paul M. Patton, Eastern Oregon Region Interpretive Coordinator for Oregon Parks and Recreation.
- Thursday, May 3 Joseph and the Nez Perce War of 1877, 4:00-5:45 p.m. Bend Public Library, Brooks Room, 601 NW Wall St. Presenter: Dr. Mark Spence, Author and Instructor of History, University of Oregon.
- Wednesday, May 9 Paulina and the Snake War of 1864-68 Presenter: Dr. Jim Gardner, Author, Historian and President Emeritus of Lewis & Clark College. Open to OLLI-UO members only.
- Wednesday, May 16 Captain Jack and the Modoc War of 1872-73 Presenter: Eric Iseman, Park Ranger, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
Unless otherwise noted, all lectures are scheduled for 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Bend Senior Center, 1600 SE Reed Market Road, and will be open to the general public.