News Archive

February 17, 2019

Join us for these great upcoming events!

Promised Land Film Screening Award-winning social justice documentary that follows the Duwamish and Chinook Tribes as they fight for their treaty rights. This event is supported by a cultural grant from the...   more >

February 8, 2019

Confluence to Invest in Education as Celilo Park Project Put On Hold

Dear friends, I want to share with you an important update on the Confluence Project proposed at Celilo Park, which is designed to connect people with the rich Indigenous history of...   more >

January 26, 2019

January News from Confluence

Filmmaker Puts Indigenous Voices First “We are not trying to give answers," says filmmaker Woodrow Hunt. "We are putting Native people in front of students and letting them tell their story.”Hunt (Klamath/Modoc/Cherokee) is founder...   more >

January 25, 2019

Artist Profile: Woodrow Hunt

Filmmaker Woodrow Hunt is Klamath/Modoc/Cherokee and founder of Tule Films. He is the filmmaker for the Confluence Documentary Shorts that will be released April 2019. This series of ten films...   more >

Artist Profile: Woodrow Hunt

There are ten videos in all, six of which focus on the essential understandings, and four that focus on specific stories told in the interviews. These shorts are complemented by illustrations and animations by artist Toma Villa of the Yakama Nation. The documentary shorts will be available online in mid-April 2019 and will be a vital part of the resources Confluence provides to teachers as part of its Confluence in the Classroom programming. 

“We are not trying to give answers, we are putting Native people in front of students and letting them tell their story,” Hunt said of the project. “Some answers to questions may arrive, but it is on the speaker's own accord. I think about the project in the way that if a student, Native or non-Native, is in a position, say, as a lawyer and they are having to hear and speak to an elder on an important issue and they have never talked to or heard an elder speak until that moment, there will be miscommunication. I hope these videos will make that scenario less likely, this is our way of looking forward to our impact on future generations.”

Confluence invites the public to several upcoming screenings of the films:

Confluence Story Gathering, February 16th, 4-6pm, at WSU Vancouver. One video will be shown. See event information here.

Confluence Documentary Shorts Screening

Saturday, April 13th at 5:30 pm

NW Documentary

6 NE Tillamook St.

Portland, OR 97212

Eastern Oregon Film Festival, October 18-20th, exact date/time TBD

Sources: 

Confluence Story Gathering Collection

The state of Washington Since Time Immemorial curriculum

Oregon's Senate Bill 13

Video: Oregon's Senate Bill 13: Tribal History & Sovereignty Curriculum

Tule Films 

Woodrow Hunt. Interview conducted by Lily Hart. January 2019.