Land Bridge Resources


Audio Tour of Vancouver Land Bridge
This audio tour describes the Confluence Land Bridge at Fort Vancouver.

Confluence Podcast: Vancouver Story Gathering
In this podcast, Mike Iyall, Cowlitz Tribe Council member and Historian, Sam Robinson, Vice-Chair of the Chinook Indian Nation, and David Lewis, Historian and Grand Ronde member discuss Native land management and Indigenous knowledge.

Confluence Podcast: Vancouver Story Gathering Part 2
In this podcast, Mike Iyall, Sam Robinson, and David Lewis talk about the importance of salmon to the entire ecosystem.

The Redheart Ceremony Oral History Collection
This is a collection of oral history interviews centering around the Redheart Ceremony, which occurs every year on the grounds of Fort Vancouver, to honor the Nez Perce Redheart Band who were imprisoned there during the Nez Perce Wars.

Podcast: The Redheart Memorial Oral History
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.


Wilfred and Bessie Greene Scott: Honoring the Redheart Band
Wilfred and Bessie Greene Scott (Nez Perce) talk about their experiences in the Redheart Band at ceremonies.

Mike Iyall: Shells in Connecticut “Passed Through our Hands.”
Mike Iyall (Cowlitz) talks about continent-wide trade between tribes.

Tony Johnson: Chinook Wawa, a “Good Inheritance.”
Tony Johnson (Chinook) talks about the Chinuk Wawa pidgin language, and how it was passed down to families because of its importance in contact between cultures


About the Vancouver Land Bridge
The site features a 40-foot wide earth-covered pedestrian bridge that arcs over State Route 14, reconnecting historic Fort Vancouver with the Columbia River, which helped extend the fort’s influence from Mexico to Alaska and across the Pacific Ocean. The Land Bridge was designed by architect Johnpaul Jones with consultation from Maya Lin.

We Need Another Path: Indigenous Approaches to Sustainability
In this article, Keri E. Iyall Smith (Cowlitz) details how, by taking cues from Indigenous Peoples who see the natural world as relatives, equal to humans, entitled to protections and thoughtful (minimal) use, it is possible to shift away from attitudes that expanded in the colonial era, which see land as a thing to be conquered and with resources to be extracted.