We Are Still Here: The Cedar Splitting of Don Day

January 16, 2009- June 11, 2010

Don Day is a Grand Ronde tribal elder who is revitalizing the traditional Native American technology of cedar plank splitting.

Plank splitting has been used for longhouse building throughout the Pacific Northwest for thousands of years. Much knowledge of splitting was lost after European contact disrupted tribal life. In 2003, Day began researching and testing splitting techniques for coursework at the University of Oregon. Day is now the living person with the most knowledge of this art.

Don Day at work on a cedar log