News Archive

March 3, 2018

March 2018 News from Confluence

Sharing Stories of Celilo Linda Meanus smiled at the students as she told them stories of growing up with the sound of Celilo Falls ever present. As she spoke this week...   more >

February 6, 2018

Confluence Seeks Celilo Park Project Manager

Confluence is a community-supported nonprofit that connects people to place through art and education. We work in collaboration with northwest tribes, communities and the celebrated artist Maya Lin to create...   more >

January 19, 2018

Confluence on the Columbia

Lower Columbia Road Trip - July 13-15, 2018 Hit the road with Confluence to dig deeper into the storied landscape of the Columbia River system. This three day trip through the lower...   more >

January 9, 2018

2017 Annual Appeal a Grand Success!

Thanks to all the Confluence Friends and Legacy Makers who responded to our 2017 Annual Appeal with a resounding message of support! The important work...   more >


Celilo Falls Home Movie Surfaces

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 to the Coos Bay, Oregon area in early 1948. They thought they had moved to the end of the earth. Sometime that summer or the next year, they took a sightseeing trip around Oregon, visiting Crater Lake and the Columbia Gorge among other places. Briggs' dad shot 8mm movies, including some footage of Celilo Falls. David tells us he is pleased to be able to share it with the wider community. The unearthed film emerged just before the 60th anniversary of the flooding of Celilo Falls on Friday, March 10th. 

Here's where we need your help: We want to identify the fishermen and the woman in the cable car. Please share this video with anyone you think might know some of the individuals or email Confluence directly with any tips. Thanks!


Stories Connect People to Place at Astoria Gathering 

"We want each and every one of you to know these stories, because I genuinely believe you're going to treat this place differently if you see it the way we're lucky enough to inherit," explained Tony Johnson, Chinook Nation Chairman, to the audience at Astoria's Liberty Theatre on February 18. Tony, along with Elizabeth Woody (Warm Springs) and David Lewis (Grand Ronde) discussed the past, present and future of the Columbia River and it's cultures during the second Confluence Story Gathering. The discussion was framed by video excerpts from interviews conducted with tribal elders and leaders with our partners at NW Documentary. 

Listen to the conversation now: Astoria StorGathering Part 1


Legacy Maker Dinner Rescheduled for April 19

We're pleased to announce our inaugural Legacy Maker Dinner has been rescheduled for Wednesday. April 19 at Union/Pine in Portland. We hope you can join us, and special guest Maya Lin, for an evening of thought-provoking stories and inspiring performances. 

Presented by

The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation

Arlene Schnitzer & Jordan Schnitzer


Wednesday, April 19, 2017


525 SE Pine Street, Portland, 97214


5 PM - Cocktails

6 PM - Dinner & Program

7 PM - Special Appeal 

$250/person; tickets still available, RSVP today!