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Posted: Tuesday, Jun 19th, 2012

Doc Slyder and Mary Beth Nichol, representing confederated tribes, play traditional music at the June 1 celebration.

The historic Amanda’s Trail in Yachats was the site of celebration on Saturday, June 1, as locals, visitors and tribal representatives participated in a national commemoration of America’s 200,000 miles of hiking trails. National Trails Day, originated in 1993, recognizes the value and inspiration in trail activities by providing access to the natural world.

Locally, this event promotes federal, state and local government partnerships with Yachats’ residents, visitors and historic tribal communities.

Amanda’s Trail is a tribute to the thousands of central coast Native Americans who were forced to walk the rugged 80-mile coastline of jagged rock and blackberry thickets in the 1860s to captivity at the Alsea sub agency, a prison camp and dumping ground for coastal Indian tribes. The inhumane conditions produced a legendary trail of blood and tears, now memorialized with a statue titled “Amanda” at the Amanda Trail Grotto in Yachats.

The Yachats National Trails Day celebration began with a morning reception at the Cape Perpetua Visitor’s Center. Displays of local plants, foliage, wildlife and hiking trails were featured, hosted by interpretive volunteers from the Forest Service, Oregon State Parks, and the Yachats Trails Committee.

For the complete article see the 06-20-2012 issue.

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