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 >

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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!