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 >

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March 2018 News from Confluence

March 3, 2018

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 at Wallace & Priscilla Stevenson Intermediate School in White Salmon, Washington, Meanus sat in front of a famous photo of her as a child standing near Celilo Falls with her grandparents, Chief Tommy Thompson and his wife, Flora Thompson. Her early life was the subject of the 1956 children's book, Linda's Indian Home. The "Linda" of the story is now an elder with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, a cancer survivor and a recent graduate of Portland State University. She spends time these days teaching native language lessons to PSU students.

Meanus was in White Salmon with Warm Spring artist and educator Jefferson Greene for Confluence in the Classroom. The program connects students and teachers with native artists to learn more about the rich indigenous cultures of the Columbia River. All week, the students learned about native stories, languages and perspectives. Thanks to the BNSF Foundation, the PGE Foundation, the Roundhouse Foundation and the Washington Arts Commission for their support. Special thanks to the Friends of Confluence who support the Lillian Pitt Education Fund.  

Chinook Salmon Gathering Added to Confluence Road TripLower Columbia Road Trip - July 13-15, 2018

Trip details just get better! We are fortunate to keep bringing wonderful speakers to help us dig deeper into the storied landscape of the Columbia River system. Check out the Road Trip flyer hereWe are extremely fortunate to be invited to join Chinook Nation Chairman Tony Johnson and other tribal members to enjoy a salmon bake, song and dance and walk to the old village site in Bay City, Washington. In addition, we are pleased that author, teacher and Cowlitz Tribal Council Member Christine Dupres and Pacific Northwest colonial-era archaeologist Doug Wilson will be joining artist Lillian Pitt for a visit to the Confluence Land Bridge, Fort Vancouver and for lunch at the historic Grant House! Here's the full itinerary.

Make your reservation here. 

Contact Program Manager Courtney Yilk for suggestions for accommodations and reservations.

Gray Family Foundation Supports Teacher Workshops

Confluence is thrilled to announce that we learned this week the Gray Family Foundation will support Confluence's latest education initiative to help teachers in Oregon as they respond to new legislative requirements to include lessons on Native American culture, history and sovereignty. In collaboration with a group of indigenous and environmental science educators, teachers will attend workshops to develop and apply the knowledge and skills necessary to integrate environmental education into their science, social science, humanities and arts lessons in a way that includes the perspectives of Native Americans. 

Thanks to the Gray Family Foundation for recognizing the critical role this kind of education can play in enhancing students' opportunities to better engage and become stewards of their communities.