Building Graphics

  • Atfalati Ridge Elementary's special features include unique Atfalati Kalapuyan graphics and quotations throughout the building that add to our school culture. They remind us of the Indigenous history and culture in these lands and the vibrant communities that continue to live here. An objective is to incorporate these graphics as educational tools in the school curriculum.

    About the Artist

    Our beautiful graphics for the environs murals in the learning areas and the seasonal round in the cafeteria were created by Steph Littlebird, an artist, writer, curator, and registered member of Oregon’s Grand Ronde Confederated Tribes. Steph earned her B.F.A. in Painting and Printmaking from the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) in Portland, Oregon. She currently lives and works in Las Vegas.

    Littlebird is known for her vibrant imagery, combining the traditional totem styles of her Indigenous ancestors with contemporary illustration aesthetics. Her work frequently touches upon issues of contemporary tribal identity, cultural survivance, and responsible land stewardship.

    Steph has received three grants from the Art + Science Initiative and is the 2020-21 N.O.A.A. National Artist Fellow. Littlebird is also the recent recipient of a writing grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust, and her work has been featured by brands like Luna Bar, U.S.P.S. the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, Wells Fargo, and media outlets such as PBS News and ArtNews.