Voices of the River, Volume II
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.
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“You Are on Indigenous Land” Shirts, Hats, and More!
Yakama Nation artist Toma Villa calls the famous petroglyph She Who Watches or Tsagaglalal the “Mona Lisa of the Columbia River.” She represents the Indigenous cultures that have been here since time immemorial and remain here today. Through our education programming, Confluence assembled more than 100 students and community members for Toma arrange into the image of She Who Watches in the landscape by the Columbia River.
We gave them t-shirts that feature a silhouette of a Columbia River fisherman catching a salmon from a traditional scaffold at Celilo Falls. The lesson they took away from the experience is the same as the caption on their shirts: You Are On Indigenous Land.
When you own one of these shirts yourself, you support important cultural education in schools and remind people you meet whose land we all walk upon.