News Archive

June 12, 2019

Confluence Seeks Education Program Manager

Confluence is a community-supported nonprofit with the mission to connect people to the history, living cultures and ecology of the Columbia River system through Indigenous voices. We work through six...   more >

May 24, 2019

Students visit She Who Watches through Confluence Outdoors

Watch this fantastic video to learn about an amazing art project we did recently through Confluence Outdoors. Yakama artist Toma Villa arranged 90 students from White Salmon, Washington into the...   more >

May 14, 2019

Don't miss these upcoming events!

Confluence Story Gathering - Vanport Mosaic Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 6 PM – 8 PM Cerimon House 5131 Northeast 23rd Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97211 Get Tickets Here $10 suggested contribution   Confluence Road Trip - Columbia...   more >

April 9, 2019

Three Reasons to Give

Our 2019 Spring Appeal is underway! It’s your opportunity to become a Friend of Confluence for the first time or to renew your support by donating to our mission: to...   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.