Confluence Library

Roberta Conner tells how her grandfather was reintroduced to his homeland and the importance of “stories about the land and how the land takes care of us.”

In this excerpt, Bryson Liberty talks about seeing Celilo with his grandparents and aunt, as well as the trade at Celilo.

As Sarah Vowell relates in this excerpt, humans deserve a bit of joy and you can find that in the story of jazz.

Mike Iyall talks about how tribal sovereignty is covered by the Constitution and the legalities surrounding sovereignty and governments at the federal, city, and county levels.

In this excerpt, Bessie Green Scott talks about her childhood, respect for the river, and language.

In this excerpt, Bill Yallup Jr. talks about the power of the river and the respect given to it.

Roberta Conner recounts stories told to her by her relative Nettie Showaway. This excerpt goes over Nette’s experience at Celilo, in the Dalles, at boarding school, and Nettie’s birth in Simnasho.

In this excerpt, Lillian Pitt [Warm Springs/Wasco/Yakama] talks about her experience first seeing She Who Watches and the power of ancestry.

In this excerpt Antone Minthorn (Umatilla) talks about the process of restoring salmon to the Umatilla River.

In this excerpt, Antone Minthorn talks about the impact of treaties and the importance of tribes having their own government services.