News Archive

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 >

August 22, 2018

Native Plant Walks on the Confluence Land Bridge

Confluence is honored to continue to work with Greg Archuleta, the Grand Ronde Lifeways Instructor, to offer this special series of walks. Greg will share native plants, their uses, and...   more >

July 25, 2018

Confluence Legacy Maker Dinner

Legacy in the Landscape In Celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Land Bridge and the Bird Blind Feature Speakers: Architect Johnpaul Jones, Designer of the Land Bridge and Artist Lillian Pitt Our...   more >

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 >


January News from Confluence

January 26, 2019

Filmmaker Puts Indigenous Voices First

“We are not trying to give answers," says filmmaker Woodrow Hunt. "We are putting Native people in front of students and letting them tell their story.”

Hunt (Klamath/Modoc/Cherokee) is founder of Tule Films and the creative force behind a series of ten documentary shorts Confluence will release April. These Stories from the River are made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts. The aim is to support teachers as they work to bring Indigenous perspectives into their classrooms. Hunt is using excerpts from a series of interviews Confluence conducted with Native elders and leaders.

Read more about Woodrow Hunt here. 

Cultural Exploration in the Classroom

Confluence has developed a series of professional development workshops for teachers as they work to bring Indigenous perspectives into the classroom. Just this month, Confluence served 35 teachers at Childworks Learning Center in Portland through a half-day workshop on guiding principles in teaching Tribal history as Oregon history. Teachers went home with activities to engage students on a journey of inclusivity. Participants work on their own cultural self-awareness and cross-cultural understanding to become co-responsible for building healthy communities in their schools. Our leader for these workshops is Robin Butterfield of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and White Earth Ojibwas Tribe of Minnesota. She has over 45 years of experience in Native education. Thanks to the Gray Family Foundation and the Roundhouse Foundation for making this important work possible! Thanks also to Woodrow Hunt for these photos.

Upcoming Events:

Friday Friend Tour of the Confluence Land Bridge

Donors to Confluence -- we call them Friends -- can join Confluence Executive Director Colin Fogarty for a walk and discussion about connecting to a more inclusive understanding of the Columbia River system. All Friends of Confluence are welcome, with their friends and family too!

Friday, February 8th at 10 am
Confluence Land Bridge
Vancouver, WA
To RSVP, email Colin

Confluence Story Gathering WSU-Vancouver

Confluence Story Gatherings are designed to elevate Indigenous voices in our understanding of the Columbia River system. This event is a collaboration with Washington State University and Humanities Washington. 

Get Tickets Here

Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, 4-6 pm
WSU Vancouver
14204 NE Salmon Creek Avenue
Dengerink Building Room 110