Thomas Doty – Storyteller

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Where I'm At, What I'm Up To

I'm home in southern Oregon working on new stories. I'm also writing a reader's theatre script of Upriver to Morning by Tish McFadden. These original native stories are set along the Rogue River and dramatize the teachings of Takelma elder Agnes Baker Pilgrim. In February, Tish and I will be presenting a program together in Gold Hill, Oregon that includes selections from Upriver to Morning: Here's the Flier (PDF).

Next week I'm sauntering up the Klamath River to visit my ancestral village of Coyote's Paw, stopping along the way to share native stories. Here's a fun tidbit about the trip: Trek to Coyote's Paw by Way of Bogus.

In the Spirit of Sharing Stories,
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From My Journal

Salmon dream in the shallows. On the riverbank, folks listen to an old fisherman spin stories. The salmon wake up and continue upriver, bringing new myths to the source.

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My Digital Home

I created this website in 1997 as a way to promote my storytelling programs as well as provide free and accurate resources on native cultures. Through images and words, I hope this website provides a vibrant and in-depth gaze into the rich native traditions of my homeland of southern Oregon and northern California, from Old Time to Present Time.

I continually saunter through this region, visiting native sites and listening to the locals tell their stories. I'm a listener and a watcher. I'm also a reader, studying texts, field notes, native literature.... And I share what I have discovered here. This website is a story, my digital home of images and words.

DotyCoyote.com is a dynamic site with over 1600 pages. New pages are added and older pages are revised ... frequently! Updates are listed below.

Updates – New & Revised Pages

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10/13: And So It Must Be True. New page.


10/9: Trek to Coyote's Paw by Way of Bogus. New page.


10/7: Sacred Salmon Ceremony. Revised page.


10/7: Ti'lomikh - Native Village. Revised page.


10/2: Gone Fishin'. New page.


10/1: Myths and Superstitions of Oregon Indians, 1904. William D. Lyman. New PDF.


10/1: The Cassel Intaglios, 1989. Floyd Buckskin. New PDF.


10/1: Notes on the Plants Used by the Klamath Indians of Oregon, 1897. Frederick V. Coville. New PDF.


10/1: Wokas, A Primitive Food of the Klamath Indians, 1902. Frederick V. Coville. New PDF.


10/1: Klamath Childhood and Education, 1950. Marion Pearsall. New PDF.


10/1: Karok Ethnobotony, 1952. Sara M. Schenck & E.W. Gifford. New PDF.


10/1: Oral History, 1979. Chuck Jackson & Valerie Sonnenberg. New PDF.


10/1: Achumawi and Miwok Notes and Texts, 1930. Jaime de Angulo. New PDF.


10/1: Miwok and Pomo Myths, 1928. Jaime de Angulo & L.S. Freeland. New PDF.


10/1: Cartographies of the Voice: Storying the Land as Survivance in Native American Oral Traditions, 2016. Ivanna Yi. New PDF.


9/30: Press Kit for Sponsors. Revised page.


9/29: The Place of Writing in Preserving an Oral Language, 1999. Ruth Bennett, Pam Mattz, Silish Jackson & Harold Campbell. New PDF.


9/25: Underground Visions. New page.


9/23: Raven Steals Salmon ... Again. New page.


9/23: Making the Salmon Place. New page.


9/21: Thunder Badger Brings the Rain. New page.


9/15: Green Springs Summit Campsite. Rock writing site. New page.


9/13: People and the River: A History of Human Occupation of the Middle Course of the Rogue River of Southwestern Oregon, 1996. Kay Atwood & Dennis Gray. New PDF.


9/8: Lake-Rattlesnake, People-Mashers and Water-Baby Spirits! New page.


9/8: Notes on Northern Paiute Ethnography: Kroeber and Marsden Records, 1972. Robert F. Heizer & Thomas R. Hester. New PDF.


9/3: A Rare Frozen Treat. New page.


9/3: The Soul of the Indian: An Interpretation, 1911. Charles Alexander Eastman. New PDF.


8/28: Teaching Rock Writings. New page.


8/26: Walking Llao's Hallway to the Underworld. Revised page.


8/26: McMeen Pasture. Rock writing site. New page.


8/26: Hidden Away Right Here. New page.


8/26: 1932 Map of Crater Lake National Park. New PDF.


8/26: Rock Writings are Writing. Revised page.


8/26: Ti'lomikh - Native Village. Revised page.


8/25: Evening at Coyote's Paw. New page.


8/20: Native American Religious Practices and Uses in Western Oregon, 1984. Stephen Dow Beckham, Kathryn Anne Toepel & Rick Minor. New PDF.


8/15: Index of Writing. New page.


8/15: Hyatt Lake. New photo.


8/14: 1774: Doty Tavern. Revised page.


8/12: Rosie Jack and Her Family. New page.


8/12: Beaver Gnaws on Lower Table Rock. New page.


8/12: Curley Headed Doctor and the Dove People. New page.


8/12: The Modoc War: Heartbreak of a Homeland Lost, 2013. Cheewa James. New PDF.


8/12: 1977: In Medford. New photo.


8/10: Doorway. New page.


8/8: Games of the North American Indians, 1907. Stewart Culin. New PDF.


8/8: Achumawi Sketches, 1930. Jaime de Angulo. New PDF.


8/8: The Background of a Religious Feeling in a Primitive Tribe, 1926. Jaime de Angulo. New PDF.


8/8: An-nik-a-del: The History of the Universe as told by the Mod-des-se Indians of California, Recorded and Edited by C. Hart Merriman (Book Review), 1930. Jaime de Angulo. New PDF.


8/8: A New Religious Movement in North-Central California, 1929. Jaime de Angulo & L.S. Freeland. New PDF.


8/8: Native Map with Key. Coyote's Paw. New PDF.


8/8: Native Map with Key. Waiting for Rock Old Woman. New PDF.


8/8: Bibliography. Works on rock writings, sign language and native maps. Revised page.


8/8: Indian Myths of the Northwest, 1915. William D. Lyman. New PDF.


8/8: The Thunderbird: A Tillamook Legend, 1898. Franz Boas. New PDF.


8/8: Notes on the Tillamook, 1923. Franz Boas. New PDF.


8/8: Creating Thunder: The Western Rain-Making Process, 1993. E. Breck Parkman. New PDF.


8/7: The Landscape of Klamath Basin Rock Art, 2012. James Robert David. New PDF.


8/7: Myths of the Owens Valley Paiute, 1936. Julian H. Steward. New PDF.


8/7: Petroglyph Boulders on the Rogue River at Two Mile Creek: Intentions and Actions, 1974-2015, 2015. Douglas Beauchamp. New PDF.


8/7: When the Mountain Dwarfs Danced: Aboriginal Traditions of Paleoseismic Events along the Cascadia Subduction Zone of Western North America, 2000. Alan D. McMillan & Ian Hutchinson. New PDF.


8/7: The Chimariko Indians and Language, 1910. Roland B. Dixon. New PDF.


8/7: Wiyot Grammar and Texts, 1925. Gladys A. Reichard. New PDF.


8/7: Wiyot Folklore, 1908. A.L. Kroeber. New PDF.


8/7: Ethnogeography and Archaeology of the Wiyot Territory, 1918. Llewellyn L. Loud. New PDF.


8/7: Wishram Texts, Together with Wasco Tales Collected by Jeremiah Curtin and Edited by Edward Sapir, 1909. Edward Sapir. New PDF.


8/7: Yana Texts, Together with Yana Myths Collected by Roland B. Dixon, 1910. Edward Sapir. New PDF.


8/7: The Wintun Hesi Ceremony, 1919. S.A. Barrett. New PDF.


8/7: Pioneer Days of Oregon History, Volume II, 1905. S.A. Clarke. New PDF.


8/7: Pioneer Days of Oregon History, Volume I, 1905. S.A. Clarke. New PDF.


8/7: A Caretaker Responsibility: Revisiting Klamath and Modoc Traditions of Plant Community Management, 2009. Douglas Deur. New PDF.


8/7: The Ethnobotony of the Yurok, Tolowa, and Karok Indians of Northwest California, 1981. Marc Andre Baker. New PDF.


8/6: Petroglyphs of Oregon, 1937. L.S. Cressman. New PDF.


8/4: Petroglyphs of California and Adjoining States, 1929. Julian H. Steward. New PDF.


8/4: History of Southern Oregon, Comprising Jackson, Josephine, Douglas, Curry and Coos Counties, Compiled from the Most Authentic Sources, 1884. A.G. Walling. New PDF.


8/4: The Use of Indian Gesture Language for the Interpretation of North American Petroglyphs, 1981. LaVan Martineau. New PDF.


8/4: Rock Writing Video. Sacred Images with LaVan Martineau. New page.


8/4: Finley and Friends. New page.


8/4: Sources – Native Archives. "Accuracy Through the Ages" section expanded.


8/4: Ready to Write! New page.


8/4: It's All Literature! New page.


8/2: Walking Llao's Hallway to the Underworld. New page.


8/2: At Koomookumpts' Bed. New page.


8/2: Mapmaker Makes a New Native Map. New page.


8/1: Coyote's Not-So-Light Summer Reading List, or "Hey, It's Not This Dog's Fault This Time!" New page.


8/1: Klamath Myth Abstracts, 1963. Theodore Stern. New PDF.


8/1: Northern Paiute Tales, 1938. Isabel T. Kelly. New PDF.


7/31: Where Stories are Celebrated. New page.


7/31: The Northern Paiute Language of Oregon, 1923. W. L. Marsden. New PDF.


7/31: Prehistory and History of the Rogue River National Forest: A Cultural Resource Overview, 1980. Jeff LaLande. New PDF.


7/30: On the Way to Crater Lake in 1903. New page.


7/28: Finding Fort Rock Cave. New page.


7/28: Echo of Falling Water. New page.


7/28: I Love Old Maps! New page.


7/28: Perspectives. New page.


7/28: Sheepy Ridge Rock Writings. New page.


7/28: Unwanted House Guests of Muskrats. New page.


7/28: How to Photograph a Great Blue Heron Nest -- in 1901! New page.


7/28: Coyote in Oregon in 1908. New page.


7/25: Performances. Revised page.


7/23: Sheepy Ridge Rock Writings. Added 1915 photo of O.C. Applegate & A.W. Collier at site.


7/20: Chinook Texts, 1894. New photo added to gallery.


7/20: Doty Meets Coyote - Contents & Audio Playlist. New PDF.


7/19: California Place Names of Indian Origin, 1916. A.L. Kroeber. New PDF.


7/19: Tribes of California, 1877. Stephen Powers. New PDF.


7/17: Klamath River Sweat Lodge & Winter Lodge, 1800s. Drawing. New PDF.


7/15: Observations on the Yurok: Childhood and World Image, 1943. Erik Homburger Erikson. New PDF.


7/15: The Indians of Southwestern Oregon: An Ethnohistorical Review, 1989. Jeff LaLande. New PDF.


7/15: Religious Ideas of the Takelma Indians of Southwestern Oregon, 1907. Edward Sapir. Replaced previous PDF with a better copy.


7/14: Song Recitative in Paiute Mythology, 1910. Edward Sapir. New PDF.


7/14: Klamath Henwas and Other Stone Sculpture, 1959. Roy L. Carlson. New PDF.


7/14: Tribal Distribution in Eastern Oregon and Adjacent Regions, 1938. Verne F. Ray. New PDF.


7/14: The Village Sites in Tolowa and Neighboring Areas in Northwestern California, 1925. T.T. Waterman. New PDF.


7/13: Maidu Myths, 1902. Roland B. Dixon. New PDF.


7/13: Maidu Texts, 1912. Roland B. Dixon. New PDF.


7/13: The Northern Maidu, 1905. Roland B. Dixon. New PDF.


7/13: Basketry Designs of the Maidu Indians of California, 1900. Roland B. Dixon. New PDF.


7/13: Basketry Designs of the Indians of Northern California, 1902. Roland B. Dixon. New PDF.


7/13: Some Shamans of Northern California, 1904. Roland B. Dixon. New PDF.


7/13: The Influence of Sacred Rock Cairns and Prayer Seats on Modern Klamath and Modoc Region and World View, 2000. Patrick M. Haynal. New PDF.


7/13: Sacred Rain-Rocks of Northern California, 1953. Robert F. Heizer. New PDF.


7/13: Yurok Narratives, 1942. Robert Spott & A.L. Kroeber. New PDF.


7/13: Tolowa Notes, 1932. Cora Du Bois. New PDF.


7/13: Wintu Ethnography, 1935. Cora Du Bois. New PDF.


7/13: Wintu Myths, 1931. Cora Du Bois. New PDF.


7/13: Handbook of the Indians of California: Chapters 1-4 (Yurok), 1925. A.L. Kroeber. New PDF.


7/13: Handbook of the Indians of California: Chapter 5 (Karok), 1925. A.L. Kroeber. New PDF.


7/13: Handbook of the Indians of California: Chapter 6 (Chimariko, Wiyot), 1925. A.L. Kroeber. New PDF.


7/13: Handbook of the Indians of California: Chapter 7 (Tolowa), 1925. A.L. Kroeber. New PDF.


7/13: Handbook of the Indians of California: Chapter 8 (Hupa, Chilula, Whilkut), 1925. A.L. Kroeber. New PDF.


7/13: Handbook of the Indians of California: Chapters 19-20 (Shasta), 1925. A.L. Kroeber. New PDF.


7/13: Handbook of the Indians of California: Chapter 21 (Achomawi, Atsugewi), 1925. A.L. Kroeber. New PDF.


7/13: Handbook of the Indians of California: Chapter 22 (Modoc), 1925. A.L. Kroeber. New PDF.


7/13: Handbook of the Indians of California: Chapter 23 (Yana, Yahi), 1925. A.L. Kroeber. New PDF.


7/13: Handbook of the Indians of California: Chapters 24-26 (Wintun), 1925. A.L. Kroeber. New PDF.


7/12: From Abbott Butte To Zimmerman Burn: A Place-Name History and Gazetteer of the Rogue River National Forest, 2001. Jeff LaLande. New PDF.


7/9: Klamath Hot Springs. Added 1915 hotel fire photo to historic photos of Beswick and Shovel Creek. Revised PDF.


7/8: Beaver Creek. New photo gallery.


7/8: Historical Landscape Overview of the Upper Klamath River Canyon of Oregon and California, 2006. Stephen Dow Beckham. New PDF.


7/8: Klamath River Fish Dams. Related stories and historic photos added to page.


7/7: Tule Lake. New photo added to gallery.


7/7: Southwest Oregon Indian Villages, 1884. J. Owen Dorsey's map of the lower Rogue River and southern Oregon coast. New PDF.


7/7: Modoc Memories: A Visit to Lava Beds, 1874. John Muir. New PDF.


7/6: Old River Channel. Klamath River map. New page.


7/6: Old River Channel. Klamath river Map. New PDF.


7/6: Comparison of Two Shasta Villages' Obsidian Source Use, 2015. Joanne Mack. New PDF.


7/6: Klamath River Canyon Ethnology Study, 1990. Dorothea Theodoratus & others. New PDF.


7/5: Athapascan (Hupa), 1911. Pliny Earle Goddard. New PDF.


7/1: Rock Walls and Ancient Dams in the Klamath Valley, 1885. William J. Clarke. New PDF.


7/1: Cascadia Cave. Rock writing site. New page.


6/15: Sources – Native Archives. Titles by Barry Lopez and Jan Wright added to "Additional Reading" section.


6/14: Survival and Adaptation Among the Shasta Indians, 1986. Robert H. Winthrop. New PDF.


6/3: Doty at Tule Lake. New photo added to gallery.


5/30: Doty at Tule Lake. New photo added to gallery.


5/30: Medicine Lake. New photo added to gallery.


5/30: Glass Mountain. New photos added to gallery.


5/30: Doty at Glass Mountain. New photo added to gallery.


5/30: Castle Crags. New photo gallery.


5/25: Sprague River. New photo gallery.


5/25: Sprague River Canyon. Rock writing site. New page.


5/25: Cascadia Cave Rock Writings. New photo gallery.


5/25: Meyers Creek Beach. New photo gallery.


5/25: Tule Lake. New photo added to gallery.


5/18: Klamath River at Topsy Crossing. New photo gallery.


5/6: McCormack Slough. New photo gallery.


5/6: Where the Old River Began. Rock writing site. New page.


4/21: Ship's Cavern Rock Writings. New photo gallery.


4/1: Rolling Heads. New page.