12–5-08 The Green Spot, Coos Bay, OR poster by Chris Shaw

12/5/08 Moonalice poster by Chris ShawDecem­ber 5, 2008 The Green Spot, Coos Bay, Oregon
Moon­al­ice poster by Chris Shaw

Accord­ing to Moon­al­ice leg­end, Coos Bay has always been tough on ship­ping. His­tory speaks loudly about the wreck of the New Carissa in 1999. The ship had no cargo when it ran aground, but it broke up, spilling a but­t­load of oil into the Bay. What His­tory doesn’t tell you is the story of the Old Carissa. But, we found it deep in the Leg­end. It makes the New Carissa look like a Dis­ney movie.

Way back before the white man came, there was a small Moon­al­ice set­tle­ment here in Coos Bay. It was a sea­sonal set­tle­ment of Moon­al­ice nomads — known as bands. They played gigs here all sum­mer. The prob­lem is that it was a resort gig. There were no hip­pies around in those days and the bands weren’t in a posi­tion to grow their own. They were totally depen­dent on ship­ments from North­ern Cal­i­for­nia that came in by sea. One year, bad weather plagued the Ore­gon coast all sum­mer, pre­vent­ing the resup­ply of Coos Bay. Finally, the tribe sent its best boat, a giant dinghy called the Old Carissa.

They loaded the Old Carissa with bale upon bale of their best bud. A huge storm hit the dinghy as it approached Coos Bay. The crew bat­tled valiantly, but were pow­er­less against hurricane-force winds and high seas. In the end the Old Carissa sank with all hands and the entire load of bud. The tragedy was com­pounded when the bands of Coos Bay all died from withdrawal.

Accord­ing to Moon­al­ice leg­end, Decem­ber 5 is a High Holy Day in the tribe. We call it Wet Day because on this day in 1933, Pro­hi­bi­tion ended! Believe it or not, Utah was the 36th state and final state to approve the 21st Amend­ment to the Con­sti­tu­tion. We encour­age cel­e­bra­tion with the agri­cul­tural prod­ucts of your choice.

Accord­ing to Moon­al­ice leg­end, on this day in 1893 the first elec­tric car was intro­duced. Sadly, it took more than a cen­tury to get the auto indus­try into the elec­tric car business.




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