News Archive

January 3, 2019

Annual Appeal Ends + Gift for Monthly Donors

Thank you to all of the Friends and Legacy Makers who made the 2018 Confluence Annual Appeal a huge success! We heard from 68 donors who gave more than $16,000 to support this important work!Your...   more >

December 18, 2018

Educational Programs Planned for 2019

As a busy year comes to a close, the Confluence staff is hard at work planning and scheduling meaningful programming in schools and public spaces. The mission of Confluence is...   more >

November 6, 2018

Your Legacy In the Landscape

The Annual Appeal is one way the Friends of Confluence support the important work of telling the story of the Columbia River ecosystem through Indigenous voices in schools and in...   more >

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 >


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