Connecting people to the history, living cultures, and ecology of the Columbia River system through Indigenous voices.

Confluence project sites span 438 miles in Oregon and Washington. Each of our five completed art landscapes was chosen because of its historic and cultural significance to the Indigenous peoples of the Columbia River system. Come experience your “confluence moment,” where art has a unique power to connect you to the history, culture and ecology that have shaped this land.

Confluence artworks invite you to reimagine our shared environment as it once was and what it could be. References to the Lewis and Clark journals are reminders of a snapshot in recorded time more than two centuries ago as we look two centuries forward to imagine a better future for the Columbia River system.

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“I support Confluence because I learned more about northwest Native American history and culture in one Confluence Story Gathering than in twelve years of education in Oregon schools and five years at Oregon and Washington universities.”

~Anonymous Confluence Legacy Maker

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This podcast is on the Redheart Band and the memorial that is held every year in Vancouver, WA to honor them. The Redheart Band was imprisoned by the US military, during the “Nez Perce Wars”, in 1877 — a little boy died in captivity and 1998, an annual memorial that began to honor him and the Redheart Band.

 

This article contains excerpts from an essay published by Lieutenant C.E.S. Wood, an army officer who watched the Nez Perce and had a personal relationship with Chief Joseph in 1877, on the “Indian Question.”

Full video of the 2021 Redheart 2021 ceremony.