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Celilo Stories Website Story Sharing At Warm Springs

May 22, 2012, by Donna Sinclair


May 22, 2012



Donna Sinclair, Celilo Website Coordinator & Historian, Confluence Project,360-693-0123


Carol Leone, Executive Director, Museum at Warm Springs, 541-553-3331


What: Story Sharing about Celilo Falls

When: June 12, 2012

Where: Museum at Warm Springs, 2189 Highway 26, Warm Springs, Oregon 97761

Why: To learn about the Celilo stories website and share YOUR Celilo stories

Confluence Project is creating an interactive website to accompany the art installation and renovated land project designed by Maya Lin at Celilo Park. Paired with the artwork-a simple arc cantilevered at the river's edge that is inspired by the fishing planks used there before the falls were flooded in 1957-the website is a place to tell the stories of Celilo Falls and to explore the significance and meaning of the falls.

The Celilo Stories website will provide a multi-generational resource to preserve the many stories of Celilo Falls. This gathering will provide a space for Columbia River Indians to discuss what they want the world to know about Celilo Falls and to preserve their Celilo stories for the future.

About the Confluence Project

Confluence is a collaborative effort of Pacific Northwest tribes, renowned artist Maya Lin, and civic groups from Washington and Oregon to create interpretative public art, perform environmental restoration on public lands, and provide educational programming at the community level. Since 2002 we have worked as a small non-profit with local arts and culture groups, schools, and Columbia River tribes to complete four out of six major public art projects and restored public lands onsite- to international acclaim. During that time, we have raised over $28 million dollars and invested it back into communities along the Columbia River. At each art site, we have built strong community ties between public agencies, schools, local tribes, and civic and arts groups that have translated into lasting partnerships. Our final project, a tribute walkway to Celilo Falls at Celilo Park, designed by renowned artist, Maya Lin, is scheduled for completion in 2013. Visit to learn more!


 The Celilo Website Project is made possible through private funding and grants from the Oregon Community Foundation, Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Heritage Commission, and the Spirit Mountain Community Fund

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