Confluence Library

In this excerpt, Antone Minthorn talks about the beginning of Confluence and it’s role in teaching the next seven generations.

It was just in February when our panel of Indigenous historians and leaders led a thought-provoking discussion in Vancouver about conservation practices along the Columbia River. Yet the themes and lessons are timeless and remain relevant as we work toward a more inclusive understanding of the land we share. This Story Collection includes a two-part podcast from that Story Gathering, along with a selection of writings and interviews around the notion that our ecology is inextricably linked to our history and our future together.

This Story Collection is based on a conversation between Native Storyteller Ed Edmo and Professor Lani Roberts, where they discussed their parallel childhoods growing up in The Dalles and the discrimination that Ed faced there.

This story collection is based on the conversation between Patricia Whitefoot (Yakama Nation), Elizabeth Woody (Warm Springs), and Chuck Sams (CTUIR) that we live-streamed on May 20th.

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.

There are seven Story Circles: Introduction, People, Salmon, Seasonal Rounds, Trade, and the Coyote Circle. The following material is to aid you in visiting the Story Circles if you desire, or to experience the Story Circles if you cannot visit.

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 Book of Legends is from the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, which Confluence has permission to share on our Library.

This collection centers around salmon as a First Food and the sacred and cultural associations.

Are you looking to visit all or some of the Confluence River Sites? This printable one-page map is a guide to doing just that.