Since 2011, the Confluence Story Gathering project has conducted interviews with more than forty Indigenous Elders and leaders from the Columbia River system. Learn more about the history of this project and what protocol to follow when using these videos.
This story collection is based on a conversation between two family members, Emily Washines and Josiah Pinkham,who discussed finding resilience, comfort, and strength in times of challenge during a Confluence Conversation. This collection focuses on family, including the animal people as family, and the landscape.
In the this Confluence Story Collection, we explore how stories have always defined our relationship with the Earth and with each other. Indigenous oral histories have been dismissively called “myths.” Yet there are universal truths in these real stories backed up by today’s science.
The Vancouver Land Bridge was constructed to provide quick access from the Columbia River to Fort Vancouver. Lined with native plants, it has inscriptions in nine different Native languages and art by Lillian Pitt.