Possession: Spring 2021

From the Director: The Great Divide

Editor's Note: Possession

Looking Back, Looking Forward

Oregon Humanities celebrates fifty years.

Lies of Discovery

The doctrine that enabled European colonization was born of racism and religious dogma. It must be revoked.

Who's Being Left Out?

A visual investigation by Lucy Bellwood.

Can the Land Make Us One People?

Contrasting connections to the land in the Standing Rock and Malheur standoffs


Reflections on revolutionary decolonization, ownership, and power

Where We Store Shame

On memory, identity, and ownership

The Things We Carry

The fire took our home and all our possessions, but some things can’t be burned away.


Readers write about Possession

People, Places, Things

Discussion Questions and Further Reading