News Archive

June 12, 2019

Confluence Seeks Education Program Manager

Confluence is a community-supported nonprofit with the mission to connect people to the history, living cultures and ecology of the Columbia River system through Indigenous voices. We work through six...   more >

May 24, 2019

Students visit She Who Watches through Confluence Outdoors

Watch this fantastic video to learn about an amazing art project we did recently through Confluence Outdoors. Yakama artist Toma Villa arranged 90 students from White Salmon, Washington into the...   more >

May 14, 2019

Don't miss these upcoming events!

Confluence Story Gathering - Vanport Mosaic Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 6 PM – 8 PM Cerimon House 5131 Northeast 23rd Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97211 Get Tickets Here $10 suggested contribution   Confluence Road Trip - Columbia...   more >

April 9, 2019

Three Reasons to Give

Our 2019 Spring Appeal is underway! It’s your opportunity to become a Friend of Confluence for the first time or to renew your support by donating to our mission: to...   more >

March News from Confluence 2019

March 2, 2019

David Lewis, Tanna Engdahl, Pand andl Lumley

Documentary Shorts Feature Indigenous Voices

Filmmaker Woodrow Hunt (Klamath/Modoc/Cherokee) of Tule Films is developing a series ten documentary shorts with Confluence that will be released at our upcoming screening event on April 13, 2019. 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. 

Read more about Woodrow Hunt here.


Gathering Showcases Native Stories

“To be a native requires a lot of patience,” said Paul Lumley (Yakama), executive director of the Native American Youth and Family Center in Portland. “There’s a lot more work we have to do in telling our story.”

Paul's comment was one of many thoughtful and powerful moments at the latest Confluence Story Gathering, this time at Washington State University-Vancouver. He was joined on stage by Grand Ronde historian David Lewis and Cowlitz spiritual leader Tanna Engdahl as the three shared stories and perspectives on their personal experiences and deep family connections to this landscape.

Confluence Story Gatherings are one way we advance the Confluence mission to connect people with the history, living cultures and ecology of the Columbia River system through Indigenous voices. As Paul told us, "Thank you for all that you do to help the tribes tell their story."

Check out this great article in The Columbian.