Going Rogue: Rogue River Adventure and Coastal Cultures

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Going Rogue: Rogue River Adventure and Coastal Cultures

August 4 - 10, 2020

Travel the wild and scenic section of the Rogue River, and explore the deep cultural ties to an area rich in food, medicinal flora, wildlife, and free flowing water. Learn how the Rogue River connects cultures across the mid-Pacific coast, and how ritualistic practices are tied to salmon fisheries and other foods.


  • Explore a federally protected, wilderness river: the wild and scenic section of the Rogue River in southern Oregon.
  • Learn about the importance of salmon and acorns to Rogue cultures and how coastal cultures are deeply connected to local riverways, both in the past and in the present.
  • As you float from Galice to Foster Bar, you’ll visit sites along the Pacific Coast to learn about the history of people who have inhabited the area, as well as the cultural traditions that are maintained to this day.

Going Rogue: Rogue River Adventure and Coastal Cultures

  1. Scholars
  2. Accommodations
  3. Is This Trip for You?
  4. Terms & Policies
Shannon Tushingham takes a highly interdisciplinary approach to her research in human adaptations to coastal environments. She works consistently with tribal peoples to understand their cultural past and present. Her current research broadly centers on human-environment relationships and the evolutionary archaeology of hunter-gatherer-fishers in western North America. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis. An assistant professor at Washington State University, she is also director of the Museum of Anthropology and director of the Ancient Residue Laboratory at WSU.

Guest American Indian Scholars (TBD)
Lodging along the Rogue River is varied and consists of renovated historic lodges that are mostly “off-the-grid”. Lodges vary in rustic charm, and all are clean, comfortable and simple within the Wild and Scenic portion of the Rogue River. Lodging along the coast is a 3-star hotel in Crescent City.

This trip involves river rafting with sections of whitewater. No experience is required, but you must be comfortable getting in and out of rafts, holding on through Class III (and occasional Class IV) rapids, and hiking short distances over rocky terrain. Inflatable kayaks are available for the more adventurous person. Short walks to riverside lodges are steep in sections or involve extended stairs to access the lodge. Other hikes on the coast involve well-established trails through redwood groves, with sections of rocky terrain and deadfall trees.


The elevation level for this trip starts at 700 feet, and we descend to sea level at the Pacific Ocean. We recommend ramping up your exercise regime prior to arrival; if you have any questions, please contact your physician.

Remote Facilities

While the river portion is remote, we will have accommodations each night at unique guest lodges with bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen, and family room facilities. Daytime rest stops include a river-style toilet system provided by our outfitter. Restrooms will be available at roadside stops while traveling in vans. Expect van rides during the last part of our trip to be about 1 to 1.5 hours of travel time. Our longest van ride will be on the program’s last day when we shuttle back to Medford and Galice (a 2.5- to 3-hour shuttle).

Cultural Sensitivity

We are traveling on ancestral tribal lands and in the presence of modern tribal people. Crow Canyon participants are expected to show respect for our tribal partners and support their traditional ways. This serves our mission of making the human past accessible through American Indian partnerships. It is a violation of the Society for American Archaeology code of ethics for program participants to keep any artifacts or other cultural or paleontological remains from any archaeological site.
For further information on the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center’s Terms, Conditions, and Cancellation Policies please click here. You will find details on tuition, cancellations, travel insurance, accommodations, medical information, and more.