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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Introducing Tributaries: A Confluence History Blog

July 28, 2016

Stories are like tributaries. They shape the landscape as they confluence with other waters flowing toward the ocean. The history of the Columbia River system is filled with countless tales that help us shape our understanding of our region and connect in a more meaningful way to where we’ve been and where we’re going. This month, Confluence began posting weekly blog posts in which historian Mary Rose documents a few of these stories, ones that connect one end of the river to another and events from long ago that affect our lives today. 

In her first two posts, Mary Rose writes about the origins of the Northwest apple industry. It story begins at what is now the entrance to the Confluence Land Bridge in Vancouver, where the oldest apple tree in Washington still produces fruit. Find out also how Cape Disappointment got it's name. Hint: It's no longer disappointing to anyone! Check back later for the early impressions of the Columbia River from the explorers whose names still fill our maps. 

 

"Unwalking" the Lewis and Clark Trail 

Right at the spot where Lewis and Clark reached the Pacific Ocean, a group of artists began a remarkable, month-long journey this week. Signal Fire, an arts nonprofit, organized this wilderness residency for young artists from all over the country to retrace the steps of the explorers and contemplate a more inclusive history of this landscape. We're so pleased their trip began in Chinook homelands at Cape Disappointment, Confluence's first project site. The artists will visit four more Confluence sites as they travel all the way to Montana to reconsider the legacy of those who lived 200 years ago and what it means today. 

 

Stories From the River

Native wapato blooms again in the reclaimed and restored wetland near the Confluence Bird Blind at the Sandy River Delta in Troutdale, Oregon. Grand Ronde tradition keeper Greg Archuleta talked about the cultural and environmental significance of this once-plentiful root as he shared his knowledge and family history for the Confluence Oral History Project. It's one of many first person narratives Confluence is recording in collaboration with our partners at NW Documentary. Video and transcripts of the interviews will be archived at Washington State University through the Plateau People's Portal. These records are helping to preserve native cultures, values and traditions. This is just another way Confluence connects people to place through art and education.