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2017-18 Confluence in the Classroom

Confluence is pleased to be working with the following schools and artists:

Wallace and Priscilla Stevenson Intermediate School. White Salmon, Washington: For this grant teachers chose to focus their students learning on Historical Event past and Present, multiple Perspectives and First-Person Narratives as part of this grant.  The team of four teachers implemented the Since Time Immemorial Native American curriculum for Washington utilizing the Living in Celilo curriculum.  Pamela Larsen, who developed an art and humanities residency to support this curriculum helped students create a miniature of Celilo Falls which culminated in the Dalles Dam flooding Celilo Falls. Jefferson Greene worked with all 112 4th graders in a week-long language residency. Students through song, storytelling games and interactive activities learned words of the natural world, counting from 1-10, colors, words to describe someone or something, and greetings in Ichishkíin. Linda Meanus, great-granddaughter of Chief Thommy Thompson, visited and shared her life growing up at Celilo Village. The project culminated in a 4th grade field trip to Celilo Park where Brigette McConville, Clifton & Christine Bruno, and partner organization Columbia Riverkeeper shared stories and activities that broadened students understanding of culture, salmon, treaties and stewardship.

Living in Celilo is a curriculum mandated by the State of Washington and part of the state’s Since Time Immemorial curriculum. It aims to use the students’ imagination and creativity to facilitate personal investment in the history of Celilo Falls. It is a project-based curriculum with an integrated humanities curriculum including memoir and journal writing, art making, and reading historical first person narratives, historical essays and articles that illustrate different points of view. After the student- created falls was flooded, students were asked how they felt. Some of the responses came from the children “seeing” themselves as Celilo Villagers.

“There were only two things that survived, the salmon and us.”

“Our village took a week to make. I feel only a little part of what the Natives felt.”

“That was terrible. All that work gone to waste. I wonder if the real Celilo was actually like that.”

“I feel sad and mad. That’s probably how they felt."

Mosier Community School. Mosier, Oregon: Forty-five 4th and 5th graders went on a field trip in late fall to Celilo Park where they met Jefferson Greene who shared cultural objects and talked about first foods and lifeways. Clifton and Christine Bruno shared stories of Clifton’s father who lived at Celilo Village and about fishing and the functional uses of plants. Ubaldo Hernandez, of Columbia Riverkeeper played a salmon education game to teach students about salmon and the challenges and impacts facing fish on the river. This field trip was the culmination of our seven week Salmon Civilization program offered by Pamela Larsen and connected directly to that content as well as a place based unit we were working on that centered around local flora. Student knowledge of the history of Celilo Falls and the native peoples that inhabited this area was shallow.