9–12-08 Eugene Cel­e­bra­tion, Eugene, OR poster by Chris Shaw

9/12/08 Moonalice poster by Chris ShawSep­tem­ber 12, 2008 Eugene Cel­e­bra­tion, Eugene, Oregon
Moon­al­ice poster by Chris Shaw

Accord­ing to Moon­al­ice leg­end, the tribe has long been com­mit­ted to organic approaches to hemp farm­ing. For cen­turies, the agri­cul­tural clan in what is now Eugene invested heav­ily in research to help nature do what it does best, only bet­ter. A cen­tury or two ago, the tribe had a break­through. As so often hap­pens, the break­through was the result of ran­dom chance, rather than sci­en­tific method: a tribe mem­ber smoked way too much hemp, passed out in the woods. When he woke up, he dis­cov­ered that his stash was cov­ered in slime. Unper­turbed, he lit up a fat one and dis­cov­ered that the hemp was sig­nif­i­cantly more fla­vor­ful and excit­ing. When he got to the bot­tom of the bag he found the expla­na­tion: a pre­vi­ously unknown shell-less gas­tro­pod, which he named the Bud Slug. And every year there­after, the tribe had a fes­ti­val in Sep­tem­ber to com­mem­o­rate this dis­cov­ery. The Bud Slug Cel­e­bra­tion has evolved over the years, but the impor­tant tra­di­tions remain. And we’re glad to be part of it.

Accord­ing to Moon­al­ice leg­end, Eugene’s founder, Eugene Franklin Skin­ner arrived in 1846 and built a cabin in a loca­tion that soon became known as Skinner’s Mud­hole. This part of the leg­end can even be found in his­tory books. What the his­tory books don’t tell you is that Hemp was America’s most impor­tant crop in the 19th cen­tury. When Skin­ner arrived, the Moon­al­ice tribe was pro­duc­ing hemp on an indus­trial scale. Leg­end has it that Skin­ner saw a huge busi­ness oppor­tu­nity in col­lab­o­rat­ing with the tribe. So he set up trad­ing post and post office that became the busi­ness end of Oregon’s first mail order hemp busi­ness. The rest, as they say, is legend.

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