News Archive

April 21, 2018

Celebrating Earth Day with Mulch!

They swept. They weeded. The picked up litter. They mulched and, along the way, they learned about the native history of the Columbia River. More than 40 volunteers celebrated Earth...   more >

April 21, 2018

Earth Day Work Party at the Land Bridge

Thanks for the strong interest in the work party, our numbers have reached capacity. Please contact Courtney for further opportunities.  Volunteer Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to noon to tend...   more >

April 20, 2018

Confluence Partners with Vanport Mosaic for Story Gathering

Confluence will host our first Confluence Story Gathering in 2018 as part of the Vanport Mosaic Festival on Sunday, May 27th, from 11:00- 12:30 pm, at the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center.  To RSVP,...   more >

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 >

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Confluence Partners with Vanport Mosaic for Story Gathering

April 20, 2018

Confluence will host our first Confluence Story Gathering in 2018 as part of the Vanport Mosaic Festival on Sunday, May 27th, from 11:00- 12:30 pm, at the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center

To RSVP, please sign up here.  

Story Gatherings are intended to elevate indigenous voices in our collective understanding of place, specifically, the Columbia River system. Join distinguished guest speakers; Tanna Engdahl, a Cowlitz Spiritual Leader, Se-ah-dom Edmo (Shoshone-Bannock, Nez Perce, Yakama), the Movement Building Director for the Western States Center, and David Lewis, Tribal Historian and past manager of the Grand Ronde Cultural Resources Department, for video segments of interviews with Tribal elders and culture bearers sharing personal connections to place and move into conversation exploring legacies of displacement, survivance and self-determination.

First-person story telling has a unique power to deepen our understanding of the histories, cultures and environment that surrounds us. Confluence Story Gatherings are welcoming forums that feature the stories of native elders and leaders, told in their own voices, as a way to explore the interconnectedness of people and places of the Columbia River system. The events will feature video produced by our partners at NW Documentary. 

Confluence Story Gathering interviewees so far include: Greg Archuleta (Grand Ronde), Virginia Beavert (Yakama), Roberta and Leah Conner (Umatilla), Johnny Jackson (Yakama), Louie Pitt (Warm Springs), Aurelia Staccona (Warm Springs), Wilfred and Bessie Scott (Nez Perce) and Wilbur Slockish (Yakama).

For questions, please contact Courtney Yilk, Program Manager, 360-693-0123, Courtney (at) ConfluenceProject.org. A suggested $10 donation will help the Vanport Mosaic continue to deliver these culturally rich events. To register, please click here. Thank you!