Confluence News & Events – March 2017
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Stories Connect People to Place at Astoria Gathering 

"We want each and every one of you to know these stories, because I genuinely believe you're going to treat this place differently if you see it the way we're lucky enough to inherit," explained Tony Johnson, Chinook Nation Chairman, to the audience at Astoria's Liberty Theatre on February 18. Tony, along with Elizabeth Woody (Warm Springs) and David Lewis (Grand Ronde) discussed the past, present and future of the Columbia River and it's cultures during the second Confluence Story Gathering. The discussion was framed by video excerpts from interviews conducted with tribal elders and leaders with our partners at NW Documentary. 

Listen to the conversation now: Astoria Story Gathering Part 1 
Check our website for Part 2 of our podcast coming soon.

See 'Confluence Connects' for upcoming Story Gatherings and other Confluence events.  

Photo by Bobby Abrahamson.

We Need Your Help Identifying The People
in This Video

This newly unearthed home movie of Celilo Falls
has never been seen publicly until now. 
David Briggs' parents moved from the Midwest to the Coos Bay, Oregon area in early 1948. They thought they had moved to the end of the earth. Sometime that summer or the next year, they took a sightseeing trip around Oregon, visiting Crater Lake and the Columbia Gorge among other places. Briggs' dad shot 8mm movies, including some footage of Celilo Falls. David tells us he is pleased to be able to share it with the wider community. The unearthed film emerged just before the 60th anniversary of the flooding of Celilo Falls on Friday, March 10th. 

Here's where we need your help: We want to identify the fishermen and the woman in the cable car. Please share this video with anyone you think might know some of the individuals or email Confluence directly with any tips. Thanks!


Legacy Maker Dinner Rescheduled for April 19

We're pleased to announce our inaugural Legacy Maker Dinner has been rescheduled for Wednesday. April 19 at Union/Pine in Portland. We hope you can join us, and special guest Maya Lin, for an evening of thought-provoking stories and inspiring performances. 

Legacy Maker Dinner
Presented by
The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation
Arlene Schnitzer & Jordan Schnitzer

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
525 SE Pine Street, Portland, 97214

5 PM - Cocktails
6 PM - Dinner & Program
7 PM - Special Appeal 

$250/person; tickets still available, RSVP today!
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“Broken Treaties”
This documentary features Oregon’s tribes and explores a story that isn’t told well in those shelves of history books.
Premiers March 20, 2017
9 PM on your local OPB station. Learn More.

Story Gatherings 
First-person story telling has a unique power to deepen our understanding of the histories, cultures and environment that surrounds us.  Learn More. 

Story Gathering 
Alberta Rose, Portland
April 15, 2017
1-3 PM

Story Gathering 
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, The Dalles
May 6, 2017
2-4 PM

Story Gathering 
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Visitor Center 
November 4, 2017
2-4 PM

Tributaries: Confluence History Blog 

Check out our blog posts to learn about events  from long ago that affect our lives today.

Recent Posts:
Columbia River Fish Weirs & Wheels  – Two Divergent Cultures

A View of the Columbia in 1920: Part I, Part IIPart III & Part IV

Kettle Falls, Bigger than Celilo, Silenced 75 Years Ago

"Native American history is Oregon History, and it is an essential curriculum that will benefit all of our Students"
Governor Kate Brown 

Oregon Senate Bill 13 would expand studies of Native American history in K-12 schools. It passed out of committee on February 20 and is headed to the Joint Ways and Means Committee. The proposal would create new lesson plans with input from all federally recognized tribes in Oregon. Confluence in the Classroom supports this policy by bringing native artists into schools. Read the full story.
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