Story Gathering

Voices of the River Journal Launch Party: Volume 2!

November 17, 2023
6pm PST
Oregon Historical Society Downtown Portland, 1200 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205, United States

Join Confluence for the launch of the second volume of the Voices of the River journal! Voices of the River is a journal that explores the Columbia River system’s history, living cultures, and ecology through Indigenous voices. Volume II’s theme (The Legacy of Dams and the Return of the Salmon) is posed to invite meditation on our past, present, and future: What is the legacy of damming the Columbia? What benefits would come from restoring salmon populations to the Columbia and reviving the health of the river?

This issue features articles by Michelle Jacob, Carol Craig, Lindsey Schneider, and Rachel Cushman; poetry by Hii-ne Jake A. DePoe. and Owen L. Oliver; and art by Chanti Manon and Sarah Folden. Join our Lead Editor Dr. David Lewis and cover artist Chanti Manon for a short discussion on the volume, followed by mingling, food, and the first opportunity to buy the journal.

Thank you to our journal funders: Cowlitz Indian Tribe, Meyer Memorial Trust, The Honorable Frank L. and Arlene G. Price Foundation, and Friends of Confluence. And to our event partner, the Oregon Historical Society!

Speaker Bios:
David G. Lewis, PhD, is a member of the Confederated Tribes of GrandRonde, a descendant of the Takelma, Chinook, Molalla, and SantiamKalapuya peoples of western Oregon. He engages in research on the tribal histories of Northwest Coastal peoples, specializing in the Western Oregon Tribes. David served as the director of the Southwest Oregon Project Collection at the UO, and was the Culture Department manager of the Grand Ronde Tribe for 8 years. David has a PhD in anthropology from the University of Oregon (2009) and teaches fulltime in Anthropology and Indigenous Studies at OSU. David’s essays about the histories of the tribes are published on the blog “The Quartux Journal,” David’s book “TribalHistories of the Willamette Valley” will be available November 14th of this year. David lives at Chemeketa (Salem) with his wife Donna.

Chanti Mañon is a Mazahua creative, who was born and raised in the Willamette Valley. Her work has focused on improving the ways that Indigenous people are represented through art, communications, and other visual media. Imagining futures for Indigeneity is central to their personal practice. She attended Oregon State University and graduated with a B.A. in Ethnic Studies, a B.A. in Art, and a minor in Indigenous Studies. Through their freelance work, Chanti has collaborated with Oregon State University, the Portland Art Museum, Scholastic, OMSI, the Confluence Project, and many other organizations to uplift Indigenous representation.

Lily Hart is the Editorial & Content Manager at the nonprofit Confluence, and a PhD student in History at the University of British Columbia, where she recently earned an MA. At UBC, she studies North American West and Public History. She earned her BA at Portland State University. At Confluence, she manages the media and publications side of the nonprofit and has worked there for seven years. She has grown up on the homelands of the Cascades, Cowlitz, Chinook, and Grand Ronde people, and is studying at an institution on the unceded lands of the Musqueam people.