New Legacy Projects

The generous volunteers and organizations described below are making plans and taking action to honor Agnes Baker Pilgrim and her legacy of Indigenous teachings and activism. Feel free to contact them to find out more and get involved.

Upriver to Morning Indigenous Education Project

Upriver to Morning is Cultural, Environmental, Bilingual, and Educational project, including a book, audiobook, story theater script, songs, and comprehensive tools for teachers. Written by Tish McFadden, this engaging story dramatizes the teachings of Takelma elder and spiritual leader Agnes Baker Pilgrim. Upriver to Morning weaves inter-generational themes within the context of Salmon’s year-long journey, from the Pacific Ocean to the Rogue River’s source at Boundary Springs.

Upriver to Morning is set in southwest Oregon in the ancient homeland of the Takelma people. The story opens at sunset at the mouth of the Rogue River where Salmon is preparing for his long swim upriver to Boundary Springs, the home of Morning Star, and where all things begin. Not to be left behind on this adventure, and for their own motives, Coyote, Red-Tailed Hawk, Deer Woman, Jackrabbit, and Bear, one-by-one, join Salmon on his trek.

This project arose from conversations and stories passed down from Agnes Baker Pilgrim, Tish McFadden’s inspiration and collaborator. Throughout the development process, Tish beta tested her pioneering program at various grade levels and summer camps. She made presentations at retirement centers, libraries, historical societies, and public gatherings. Her original story and songs, interwoven with Grandma Aggie’s Indigenous teachings, received enthusiastic responses from all ages.

Tish McFadden is aiming for a Fall 2021 release date. She will begin offering pilot programs in Oregon, starting in the Rogue Valley and at Glendale Elementary School. There is strong interest from school teachers, reading specialists, parents, and educators, who have seen the curriculum content, participated in its development, or hosted Upriver to Morning storytelling sessions. See their responses at https://www.uprivertomorning.com/testimonials/

Dragonfly Place Memorial at Cantrall Buckley Park

The Cultural Committee for the Applegate Watershed Council and Partnership is planning a series of projects to recognize the contributions of historical cultures in the Applegate Valley. Their first project is to create the Dragonfly Place Memorial, in honor of Agnes Baker Pilgrim, at Cantrall Buckley Park in Ruch, Oregon. To participate in the planning or be notified about upcoming events, contact: Janis Tipton, 541-846-7501.

Takelma Cultural Center

‏In honor of the late Charles Jackson, Sue Shaffer, and Agnes Baker Pilgrim, the Takelma Cultural Center provides nature-based education that revitalizes and adapts traditional Native American practices, to enhance the environmental, spiritual, emotional, and mental health of Native and non-native individuals and their communities.

‏Comprised of Tribal members, our group works with Native traditionalists and scholars to offer experience-based teaching curriculum (K-12) at Takelman cultural tours and workshops.  We teach traditional skills, including art making, basket weaving, flintknapping, story-telling, drumming, drum making, and gathering.

‏The Takelma Cultural Center, a nonprofit based in Tiller, Oregon, exists to offer learners a unique, Takelman experience. Visit https://takelma.org/ for details.

School Dedications of Agnes Baker Pilgrim Murals

Sponsored by Grants Pass Middle School and Siletz Charter School
Contact: David West, 541-582-3254

WellSprings Renaming Ceremony for “Grandmother Spring”

Sponsored by Jackson Wellsprings on Sunday, May 9 from 3-6pm

Gerry Lehrburger and the Board of Jackson WellSprings decided to honor the legacy of Grandmother Agnes Pilgrim by renaming the source of their artesian waters. The Mother Pool is now called “Grandmother Spring.”

There were songs, drums, prayers, and stories about Grandmother. Many family members were joined by a sizable contingent of Oregonians to honor this renaming.

Sacred River Rocks (5-10 pounds) are still needed for a rock wall to replace the concrete wall with a structure in keeping with a more natural appearance. Drop off your sacred rock(s) at the Back Meadow Kiosk (any time). Drive in the main entrance and turn left at the Office. Wind through the parking lot (right and left) to the Kiosk at the road intersection.

Contact: eve***@**cksonwellsprings.com  541-482-3776

Indigenous Worldview Can Preserve Our Existence

Short video showing that Grandma was not alone:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkQTeVmHn7M – “We are all related.”


If you know of other legacy projects that should be listed here, please contact us and provide a description with contact info and/or website link.