January 3, 2017
Legacy Maker Dinner Presented byThe Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE FoundationArlene Schnitzer & Jordan Schnitzer Dear Friend of Confluence, We are sad to report that we have postponed our dinner. The weather is... more >
November 21, 2016
Dear Friend of Confluence, #ConfluenceConnects students to place through art and education by introducing them to native artists and tradition keepers who share what it means to be from the river,... more >
October 14, 2016
Confluence is currently organizing a series of public forums that are intended to elevate indigenous voices in our understanding of the Columbia River system. Confluence Story Gatherings are story-driven discussions,... more >
July 28, 2016
Stories are like tributaries. They shape the landscape as they confluence with other waters flowing toward the ocean. The history of the Columbia River system is filled with countless tales... more >
April News From Confluence
April 25, 2016
Confluence Students Get Outdoors
One of the key features of Confluence in the Classroom is actually getting students out of the classroom. Field trips to culturally significant places connect kids more deeply to the our region's history, environment and many cultures. The program connects students with Native artists and tradition keepers to do meaningful projects about the Columbia River system.
This month, for example, 4-H students in Maupin, Oregon learned traditional basket weaving from Warm Springs artists and "fisher-peneurs" Brigette and Shaun McConville. Then they visited Sherar's Falls, a traditional fishing spot near the Warm Springs reservation. Seeing the fishing platforms there was like stepping back in time -- like visiting a small version of Celilo Falls. Except this is today and fishing remains vital to Native culture. It's a reminder to the students that Northwest indigenous traditions are alive and can connect us more deeply to the land we share. It's the kind of lesson that sticks with them long after they leave the classroom.
Preserving Confluence Sites
Building public art to last generations requires constant tending. Just recently, Confluence installed new interpretive panels on the three overlooks of the Land Bridge at Fort Vancouver. Someone actually stole one of the old ones! The new signs connect visitors with an inclusive history of this land and riverscape. Vancouver's plains were farm and trading areas long before Lewis and Clark camped here and the Hudson's Bay Company set up shop. Another new feature on the Land Bridge: skate stoppers!
Meanwhile, this fall Confluence plans to refinish the black locust wood on the Bird Blind at the Sandy River Delta. Thanks to the Jordan Schnitzer and Thomas Lauderdale Confluence Art Endowment at the Oregon Community Foundation. Find out how you can support preservation of these extraordinary cultural art sites.
Don't Miss These Events
May 13, 2016: Confluence Listening Circle turns one! Join us to reflect, remember and celebrate one year after the dedication ceremony at Chief Timothy Park near Clarkston, Washington. Arrive by 5:30 pm for a picnic dinner and informal gathering.
May 21, 2016: Bio-Blitz at Fort Vancouver will be a day of biological surveying to record as many of the living species as possible with National Park Service rangers and community volunteers.
June 4, 2016: Free Day and Anniversary Celebration at Cape Disappointment State Park hosted by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and Keepers of the North Head Lighthouse. From 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
June 11, 2016: Get Outdoors Day at Fort Vancouver will feature a tour of the Confluence Land Bridge with Grand Ronde cultural educator Greg Archuleta through Confluence in the Community.