Confluence Library

Since 2011, the Confluence Story Gathering project has conducted interviews with more than forty Indigenous Elders and leaders from the Columbia River system. Learn more about the history of this project and what protocol to follow when using these videos.

Tanna Engdahl discusses trading with tribes upriver.

In this excerpt, Louie Pitt talks about how tribes have had to fight with America for their way of life since day one.

In this video, Dr. Virginia Beavert talks about her grandmother and growing up on the river.

In this video, Dr. Virginia Beavert discusses the Yakama River, Celilo, and the effect on people’s lifestyle after the flooding of Celilo

In this video, Dr. Virginia Beavert relates the legend of the baby board and discusses the respect that should be given to sacred places.

In this video, Dr. Virginia Beavert discusses inherited fishing sites, memories of repairing fishing nets and talking with a man from another tribe who spoke Kiksht.

Greg Archuleta talks about the return of plants and seeds and how tribes adapt plant uses.

Greg Archuleta talks about both the history of tribal canoe culture and the current importance of it.