Producer: Jule Gilfillan Videographers: Michael Bendixen, Greg Bond, Corky Miller Editor: Tom Shrider Audio: Randy Layton, William Ward, Ted Cutler
Music: “Chaku Khanumakwst” by Jordan Mericer Sung by: The Grand Ronde Canoe Family
Self-taught wood carver and Chinook tribe member Greg Robinson has been an artist since receiving the gift of a small carved canoe as a child.
Today, Greg is a most prolific and prominent Native carver, with works in the Portland Art Museum as well as Portland’s Tilikum Crossing bridge.
His past and current works in the traditional Chinookan art forms are a tribute to the Columbia River ancestors, to whom art, life, stories, and culture were inseparable.
He hopes to inspire other Native artists to preserve their traditions.
OPB’s State of Wonder had the opportunity to interview Greg Robinson and talk about his new work on exhibit at the Portland Art Museum and at the Tilikum Bridge. For more details and to listen to the audio recording, check out State of Wonder’s website or click on the link below!
Resources and Information
Chinook Culture and History - Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission