April 21, 2017
Earth Day Work Party at the Confluence Land Bridge Volunteer this Earth Day to tend to landscaping needs (mulching!) on the Confluence Land Bridge with hosts Confluence and the City of... more >
April 19, 2017
Artist Lillian Pitt doesn't like to be called the "founder" of Confluence in the Classroom. Instead, she prefers the term "auntie." The education program she helped create is a simple... more >
March 9, 2017
We Need Your Help Identifying the People in This Video This newly unearthed home movie of Celilo Falls has never been seen publicly until now. David Briggs' parents moved from the Midwest... 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.