KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – A book published several decades ago about the culture of the Klamath Indians has been reprinted by the Klamath County Museum.
The book was originally self-published by Edison Chiloquin, a member of the Klamath Tribes. He is widely remembered for his refusal to accept a cash payment from the federal government for his share of the tribes’ reservation that was abolished in the termination process initiated in 1954.
Chiloquin died in 2003. His book, a 48-page softcover volume, includes stories, language translations, and a list of treaty signers. Artwork in the book was drawn by Chiloquin. His wife, Leatha, is also listed as an author.
The book was reprinted with permission from descendants of Edison Chiloquin. The new printing was supported by a donation from Avis Kielsmeier of Klamath Falls.
The book is available in the museum’s gift shop for $10 each.
In the book’s introduction, Edison and Leatha Chiloquin stated their work was the result of years of research and traditions handed down by ancestors.
“We have tried to give as briefly as possible the basic information regarding our cultural heritage, along with various little known historical facts, so that the young people who are interested in learning of their culture and language will have a base from which to start,” the introduction reads.