Story Gathering in The Dalles
Audience members lingered in the lobby at The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, examining early publications and historic photos of fishing at Celilo Falls. This was just a small sampling of treasures collected by journalist Carol Craig (Yakama). This was one moment of connection at the Confluence Story Gathering in The Dalles, the latest in a series that featured video interviews with native elders and leaders from the Columbia River, followed by a discussion among panelists. In addition to Craig, the discussion included Oregon's poet Laureate Elizabeth Woody (Warm Springs) and Chuck Sams (Umatilla), Interim Executive Director of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The panelists explored the history of Celilo Falls, stories and memories of the river and life in the Columbia Gorge. It was a moving and heartfelt conversation. Thank you to the Oregon Community Foundation for supporting this program and thanks to those who joined us. Don’t miss the next Confluence Story Gathering in Pasco, WA Sunday, September 17th.