Connecting people to the history, living cultures, and ecology of the Columbia River system through Indigenous voices.

Confluence project sites span 438 miles in Oregon and Washington. Each of our five completed art landscapes was chosen because of its historic and cultural significance to the Indigenous peoples of the Columbia River system. Come experience your “confluence moment,” where art has a unique power to connect you to the history, culture and ecology that have shaped this land.

Confluence artworks invite you to reimagine our shared environment as it once was and what it could be. References to the Lewis and Clark journals are reminders of a snapshot in recorded time more than two centuries ago as we look two centuries forward to imagine a better future for the Columbia River system.

Visit our sites on your own or with family, friends and colleagues. Always feel free to contact us for advice and guidance.

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For generations, our region’s origin story has been essentially “Lewis and Clark ‘discovered’ this place and the pioneers settled it.” Our mission compels us to replace this tragically oversimplified story with a broader, more holistic view of history that includes the long-neglected voices of Indigenous cultures that still call this place home. This is both an act of justice and a call to action to take better care of our shared environment.

Your contribution to Confluence supports unique education programs that bring Native artists and educators into schools and community gatherings in which Indigenous perspectives are the focus. You also support the conservation and stewardship needed to care for our five completed sites along the Columbia River system for generations to come. Become a Friend or Legacy Maker of Confluence today!

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Greg Archuleta (Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde) talks about the return of wapato to the Sandy River Delta following the dam removal, and the challenges the plant faces to thrive.

Maya Lin discusses her work with Confluence at the various Confluence sites, focusing on restorative work and her installations as memorials of tribes, Lewis and Clark, and native landscape. Fully subtitled.

The theme of this video is “Surrounded by History.” Four Native individuals talk about history, identity, intercultural relations, respect, and land connection. By Tule Films, with support of National Endowment for the Arts.

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