Come and explore the lifeways and culture of the people relocated to the Grand Ronde reservation. Our evolving gallery space allows visitors to transcend time through changing historical and contemporary exhibits.
cintutac is a yamhill word that means to find or recover something that was thought to be lost.
The gallery at Chachalu is intended to inspire, and to be reflective of the living culture of the people relocated to Grand Ronde.
"place of burnt timber"
Chachalu is the name given by the Yamhill Kalapuya to the area where we now call Grand Ronde. This name reflects methods of traditional land management and the use of fire to maintain a healthy landscape. Once serving as a route to the coast range for trade and gathering, the reservation at Grand Ronde became home to more than 27 tribes and bands from throughout Western Oregon after treaty negotiations during the 1850’s. Despite disease, removal and termination, the people here have continued to persevere.
As fire is used to ensure renewal and growth, it is our mission at Chachalu Museum & Cultural Center to honor those traditions by working to propagate and preserve the traditional lifeways, culture, and traditional homelands of the people relocated to Grand Ronde.