News Archive

February 8, 2019

Confluence to Invest in Education as Celilo Park Project Put On Hold

Dear friends, I want to share with you an important update on the Confluence Project proposed at Celilo Park, which is designed to connect people with the rich Indigenous history of...   more >

January 26, 2019

January News from Confluence

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...   more >

January 25, 2019

Artist Profile: Woodrow Hunt

Filmmaker Woodrow Hunt is Klamath/Modoc/Cherokee and founder of Tule Films. He is the filmmaker for the Confluence Documentary Shorts that will be released April 2019. This series of ten films...   more >

January 20, 2019

Confluence Story Gathering at WSU-Vancouver

Confluence and WSU Vancouver host the first Confluence Story Gathering of 2019 on Saturday, February 16th, from 4:00- 6:00 pm, at the Dengerink Building, Room 110, WSU-V. Story Gatherings are intended...   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.