Based on the speaker’s book of the same name, this presentation unravels the mysteries surrounding Drake’s famous voyage and summer sojourn in this bay. Comparing Drake’s observations of the Natives’ houses, dress, foods, language, and lifeways with ethnographic material collected by early anthropologists, Melissa Darby makes a compelling case that Drake and his crew landed not in California but on the Oregon coast. She also uncovers the details of how an early twentieth-century hoax succeeded in maintaining the California landing theory and silencing contrary evidence.
Ability Accommodation Information
This event provides the following accommodations:
- Handicap Accessible
About the Speaker
Melissa Darby is a visiting research scholar in the Department of Anthropology at Portland State University and a private consultant in cultural resource management. She has worked for over thirty years as an archaeologist and historian in the Northwest and is a noted authority on the ethnohistory of the Native people of western Oregon.
Copies of Thunder Go North are available for purchase at the OHS Museum Store, where member discounts apply and your purchase supports the work of the Oregon Historical Society.