Pat Kruis came to Portland in 1983 to work as a reporter for KGW-TV, the NBC affiliate in town. The job gave her a front-row seat and behind-the-scenes access to many of the events and people that shaped Oregon. For the past five years, Pat has shined the spotlight on OPB’s national productions like Time Team America and History Detectives. Whenever possible, Pat produces stories for Arts & Life, Oregon Field Guide and Oregon Art Beat.
Recently tribal members gathered on the banks of the Rogue River for a "First Salmon" ceremony, then celebrated with a feast of salmon slow-cooked around a pit of embers.
Tribes in Southern Oregon celebrated the first salmon of the year, hoping for improvement of local salmon runs.
The couple are as much historians as artists, creating fascinating dioramas for museums and interpretive centers.
Agnes Pilgrim is a Takelma tribe elder and member of the International Council of 13 Grandmothers, which provides her with a vast platform for her message about clean water.