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Nasomah Memorial


In 2011 the Coquille Indian Tribe, Port of Bandon, the City of Bandon and archaeologists from Southern Oregon University met to discuss the creation of a memorial garden on land owned by the Port of Bandon that would tell the story of the people who lived in the area prior to the arrival of European settlers.  Native species plantings, pavers laid in an original tribal basket weaving design, and groupings of Tupper ("Grandmother") Rock, (sacred to the Nasomah People) were used in the landscaping.  Interpretive signs focusing on the Nah-so-Mah village located in the area now called "Old Town" were placed in 2013.  Walking through the memorial produces a contemplative feeling of history and nature blending in the area.