Washington State Magazine

Fall 2010 cover

Fall 2010

Cultivated Landscapes

In This Issue...


Back to the city :: Agriculture is rooting its way back into the urban landscape. As King County's farm specialist, Steve Evans '78, '82 has watched agriculture disappear from the area. But now some of the land is going to smaller farms with high value crops. Meanwhile, small farms agent Bee Cha helps East African refugees farm in the urban Pacific Northwest. by Hannelore Sudermann

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Urban agriculture, Gallery 1 and Urban agriculture, Gallery 2 Scenes of urban farms and agriculture around Seattle and Tacoma. Photography by Zach Mazur '06. }

Cultivating new energy :: If only we could simply grow our own fuel. Washington State researchers are looking at the possibilities. by Eric Sorensen

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Slideshow: Renewable Energy from Wind }

The kinder, gentler orchard :: The Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 initiated the gradual phasing out of organophosphate pesticides. By 2012, the major chemical defense against wormy apples will no longer be available. But not to worry, thanks to a continuous refinement of Integrated Pest Management and collaboration amongst growers, industry fieldmen, and WSU researchers. by Tim Steury

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Cultivated Landscapes Scenes around Washington by photographer Zach Mazur '06. }


One version of pastoral :: Shakespeare offers little in terms of convincing natural description. His Forest of Arden is praised for what it isn't rather than what it is. by Will Hamlin

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Erratic Boulders Boulders scattered around Waterville Plateau in north central Washington. Photography by Zach Mazur '06. }



:: FIRST WORDS : The Cultivated Landscape

:: SPORTS: Tools for training

:: IN SEASON: Walla Walla Sweets

:: LAST WORDS: Spiritual landscapes

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Video: Grilling Walla Walla Sweet Onions }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Walla Walla Sweet Onions Photography by Chris Anderson. }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Video: Pumping Up in the new WSU Weight Training Facility }


{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Video: Clips from Back to the Garden From the documentary by Kevin Tomlinson '75 }

Cover illustration: Stone City West by Robin Moline.
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Edward Claplanhoo ’56—Bah-duk-too-ah: August 8, 1928–March 14, 2010

by | © Washington State University

Ed Claplanhoo ’56 was chairman of the Makah Tribe in Neah Bay when a winter storm in 1970 eroded the bank above the beach at Cape Alava on the Olympic Peninsula coast, revealing the village of Ozette. The village, ancestral home to many Makahs, had been buried in a mudslide in the 1700s.

Once he realized what the storm had exposed, Claplanhoo called Richard Daugherty, an archaeologist at WSU. Daugherty had been the freshman class advisor in the early 1950s, and Claplanhoo had been the class treasurer.

Claplanhoo and Daugherty worked closely together to explore and preserve what archaeological crews found in Ozette, with the resulting artifacts and interpretation presented in the Makah Cultural and Research Center.

Claplanhoo first enrolled at WSC in 1947 with a full-ride scholarship from the Washington State Department of Education. His studies were interrupted by military service, but he returned and graduated in 1956 with a degree in agriculture and forestry. He was the first Makah college graduate. Soon after graduation, he was hired by the Department of Natural Resources. He also began a long career of community involvement. This will be the first year since 1965 that Claplanhoo will not be the master of ceremonies for Makah Days, a community celebration held every August.

His civic engagement was wonderfully extensive and varied. One of his last contributions was the Fort Núñez Gaona-Diah Veterans Park, on the west side of Neah Bay. The park now occupies the site that once held a fort built and briefly occupied by the Spanish in 1792. Claplanhoo envisioned the park as a monument both to the fort and to tribal veterans. He worked with the Lieutenant Governor’s office and the Spanish government to develop the idea, and he and his wife dedicated family land for the park.

His loyalty extended not only to veterans, his people, and his community, but also to WSU. A visitor to his house would have no doubt where he went to college. In a note, Thelma, his wife of 50 years who did not attend WSU, wrote that “living with Ed you had to be a Coug at heart.”

Claplanhoo died unexpectedly of a heart attack in March. His heart was operating at only partial capacity, says Thelma, but he simply couldn’t slow down. More than a thousand people crowded into the high school gym in Neah Bay for his funeral.

Categories: Alumni, Cultural studies | Tags: In memoriam, Native American leaders, Makah, Ozette

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