Stories & Learning

First person story telling has a unique power to deepen our understanding of the histories, cultures and environment that surrounds us.

Confluence in the Community connects civic organizations, environmental groups, and education partners to keep Confluence sites as thriving hubs of activity. We put on events such as work parties, panels, workshops, road trips, and concerts that connect people to the Columbia River system.

In the Community

For the last eight years, Confluence in the Classroom (CIC) has connected students to place through art and education by introducing them to native artists and culture bearers from the Chinook Nation, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Yakama Nation, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and Nez Perce Tribe. Together, native educators, students and teachers embark on a year-long learning journey.  Field trips to sites with significant environmental and cultural stories are highlights of these journeys.

In the Schools

Here, you can read articles on wapato, treaties, lifeways, or download classroom activities.

With more than thirty interviews collected with tribal elders and leaders, Confluence has a diverse collection, as well as short videos designed to assist teachers in teaching tribal history and lifeways.

Unable to attend a Story Gathering? Listen to past ones here. Do you want to know more about Celilo? Listen to our podcasts.

View historic images of the Columbia River fishing or learn from professional development powerpoints.

Library Features

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Etched into the wooden slats of the Confluence blind are the names of the birds noted by Lewis and Clark during their journey. These species captivated people such as John Kirk Townsend, thirty years after Lewis and Clark canoed down the Columbia River.

Bobbie Conner explains the consequences of divide and conquer tactics used against people who are closely connected along the river.

Cape Disappointment was explored many times in the 18th century but did not show a river, contrary to Spanish explorer de Heceta’s claims. Nehalem legend tells how Tal-a-Pus made the Pacific Ocean wave-beaten and stormy.