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Camas Prairie, ID – Incited the Bannock War of 1878 when naïve settlers foolishly allowed their hogs to destroy the carefully tended Camas Prairie that was so well-cared for many thousands of years by Native Americans.

Profound Role of Camas in the Northwest Landscape

The Pacific Northwest is known for its wealth of agricultural and natural resources. Learn more about Camas, a First Food so important it caused major conflicts and even war among settlers and the indigenous people of the northwest. more >

Idaho's Camas Prairie looking northeast to the Sawtooth Mountains

Northwest Landscape Shaped By Fire

We had a small fire scare at Confluence a couple weeks ago. Our little wildfire is a reminder of the more than two dozen major blazes burning across the United States in the 2016 wildfire season. Lives and homes are threatened; wildlife habitats destroyed and forest resources go up in smoke. Historically, fire posed dangers to the earliest forts and foreign settlements like Astoria (Fort George), Walla Walla (Fort Nez Perce and Fort Walla Walla), and Fort Vancouver. But the history of fire in the Northwest goes back much farther and is a more complicated tale. Read more to learn about Pyroculture in the Northwest. more >

wapato tubers

Important Foods: Wapato

Wapato was a staple of the native diet throughout the Columbia River system. It still grows in the Northwest today, especially in restored lands such as the Sandy River Delta. In some places, wapato is no longer safe to eat because it absorbs metals and other pollutants. In others, it’s fine so make sure to check! more >

Color plate from a 1906 Toppenish Nursery Sales  Representative’s Guide

How Native Farmers Shaped the Northwest Apple Industry, Part 2: Snake River and Yakima Valley

When you bite into a northwest apple, you are tasting the history of this region. Washington State is the largest producer of apples in America. The well-known roots of this industry are connected to historic sites along the Columbia River system. What’s not so well known is the significant role Native American farmers played in the early years of modern apple production, as they adapted to tectonic changes brought by settlers. Part two of this series explores how apple production spread to eastern and central Washington. more >


Welcome to Tributaries, a Confluence History Blog

Welcome to Tributaries of Time! This blog is a way for Confluence, through the research of historian Mary Rose, to document the stories that shaped the Columbia River system. Confluence sites are a framework for understanding our region’s origins more deeply. Like streams flowing toward a big river of story, each tale helps us connect in a more meaningful way to where we’ve been and where we’re going. more >