News Archive

July 6, 2017

Confluence Upcoming Events

Confuence in the Community is a series of public events that fuse art, culture and heritage to engage the communities around our project sites. All are welcome! Shaken Not Stirred: A...   more >

June 28, 2017

Confluence Newsletter – June 2017

Connecting Students to Place Through Art and Education Four bold paintings by Yakama high school and middle school students will be displayed at the Yakama Cultural Center in Toppenish, Washington this...   more >

June 13, 2017

Enjoy Pink Martini and Support Confluence

This very special community-based, volunteer-driven fundraiser will benefit Confluence, the ALS Association Oregon and SW Washington Chapter, Derek Rieth Foundation, Waste Not & Lakewood Center for the Arts Rising Stars...   more >

May 8, 2017

Confluence Severs Ties with Wells Fargo

Confluence will sever its financial relationship with Wells Fargo in response to the financial service provider’s continued economic interest in the Dakota Access Pipeline.  The Confluence Board of Directors has...   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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