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Esther Stutzman is Coos and Komemma Kalapuya and is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz. She lives in Yoncalla, Oregon. The Kalapuya people lived in the Willamette Valley from the Clackamas River area near Oregon City down the valley to the Umpqua River near Roseburg, a span of about 150 miles from the coast range inland to the Cascades. The valley was an oak savannah and the Kalapuya burned the valley to keep the underbrush away. There were about 15,000 tribal people at the time of European contact. There were three distinct dialects among the twelve to thirteen specific groups living in the Willamette Valley, each with their own government and villages
Esther is a storyteller and history keeper. She tells only Coos and Kalapuya stories. Her grandmother told her that it was bad luck to tell other people or other tribes’ stories. Stories are regarded as private property, as are songs. She has thirteen stories she shares with the public. Some of her creation stories tell of the time when animals and people could talk together.