Thomas Doty – Storyteller


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Finding Both Chairs

Trip to Tilomikh w/ Roy S [Scarbrough] last 21 Dec 1986 -- Tak [Takelma] storytelling chair. Following JPH's [John Peabody Harrington] notes, we waded barefoot thru 2 channels of cold, cold river. (R had to dive for his wallet from a mid-river rock in his boxer shorts). Yet we found both chairs -- the portable one & the permanent one.

3/14/2019: The portable stone chair on the riverbank has disappeared. I haven't seen it in years. And it's always been a mystery to me why it didn't wash away in the 1964 flood. Today I talked with Roy Scarbrough. He has a clear memory of finding the permanent chair carved into the rock by the falls, and he "sort of" remembers the portable chair on the shore. He also commented that what I wrote in my notebook at the time was most likely fully accurate, and more reliable than details we might try to remember all of these years later.

Related Pages

  • All Night Salmon Leap the Falls – Doty and Coyote meet the spirit of the poet called Lampman in an old house in the woods. The three of them walk back through time to participate in the Sacred Salmon Ceremony at Ti'lomikh, an ancient village along the Rogue River. Includes drawings.
  • Ti'lomikh - Native Village – Lore and history of an ancient Takelma village on the Rogue River, home of the Sacred Salmon Ceremony.
  • 1933 Story Chair – Photos of Grandma Aggie's father and her family at Ti'lomikh in 1933.
  • 2007 Story Chair – Stephen Kiesling and Kim Marie Murphy and Thomas Doty wade the Rogue River to locate the ceremonial stone chair.