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 >

Confluence Story Gatherings Honor Indigenous Voices

October 14, 2016

Confluence is currently organizing a series of public forums that are intended to elevate indigenous voices in our understanding of the Columbia River system. Confluence Story Gatherings are story-driven discussions, framed by excerpts from interviews of native elders and leaders. The first of these events happened at the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute in Pendleton in November. 

Listen to Part 1 of the gathering on the Confluence Podcast.  

Listen to Part 2 of the gathering on the Confluence Podcast.

Join us for these Confluence Story Gatherings in the future:

Feb. 18 | 2-4 pm: Liberty Theater, Astoria

April 15 | 1-3 pm: Alberta Rose Theatre, Portland

May 6 | 2-4 pm: Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, The Dalles

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, 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 or audio selections of first-person narratives, produced by our partners at NW Documentary, followed by a discussion led by a panel of native elders, leaders and writers. 

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).

Confluence Story Gatherings are free and open to the public. These events are sponsored by a generous grant from the Oregon Community Foundation.

Thanks to our partners Oregon Humanities and Oregon Historical Society.

Support for Confluence interviews comes from Paul B. and Deborah D. Speer, Steve and Jan Oliva and Broughton and Mary Bishop. 

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