News Archive

January 3, 2019

Annual Appeal Ends + Gift for Monthly Donors

Thank you to all of the Friends and Legacy Makers who made the 2018 Confluence Annual Appeal a huge success! We heard from 68 donors who gave more than $16,000 to support this important work!Your...   more >

December 18, 2018

Educational Programs Planned for 2019

As a busy year comes to a close, the Confluence staff is hard at work planning and scheduling meaningful programming in schools and public spaces. The mission of Confluence is...   more >

November 6, 2018

Your Legacy In the Landscape

The Annual Appeal is one way the Friends of Confluence support the important work of telling the story of the Columbia River ecosystem through Indigenous voices in schools and in...   more >

October 10, 2018

Professional Development: Cultural Curiosity in the Classroom

Cultural Curiosity in the Classroom FREE WORKSHOP FOR TEACHERS October 27th 8 am - 5 pm Mt Hood Community College GE (General Education)201 Lunch Included Culture is something everybody has. With a willingness...   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!