Confluence News & Events – May 2017
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Connecting Students to Columbia River Stories

Under a bright blue sky, Native educator and storyteller, Ed Edmo (Shoshone-Bannock) led 70 4th graders from the Warms Springs K-8 Academy to She Who Watches (or Tsagaglalal) at Columbia Hills State Park. Confluence in the Classroom connects students to place through art and field trips like this one to culturally significant sites. Only three of them had been to this important spot before.
As teacher Laurie Sherburne put it, "Standing on the ridge overlooking the Columbia River, watching it flow and hearing tales of the fish, beaver and coyote … just makes it easier to understand the importance of the river for food, transportation, and the huge part it plays in the lives of Native Americans"
The students finished their day at the Celilo Village Longhouse attentively listening to Native elders tell stories as a traditional fry bread meal was prepared. This field trip is just one in the larger Confluence in the Classroom project. The same group of students is also working with Jefferson Greene (Warm Springs) to develop story books in their original Sahaptian language. A special thank you to the Roundhouse Foundation for generously supporting this program.

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.

Encouraging Feedback on Wells Fargo Divestment

Confluence continues to receive positive feedback from the decision by our Board of Directors to divest all Confluence funds from Wells Fargo. The unanimous decision in early May came in response to the Standing Rock protests, in support of the people whose livelihoods depend on the Missouri river and clean water. The announcement generated a flood of emailed comments from friends and supporters: “Thank you for making a wise decision!”  “Right ON!”  “I’ve been getting your emails for the past year and appreciate all that you're doing.” Please read the full announcement here.
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upcoming events 

Enthnobotonical Tour with Greg Archuleta
May 20. 2017
10:00am - 12:00pm
Old Apple Tree Park, Vancouver, WA

Screening of “Broken Treaties”
This OPB documentary features Oregon’s tribes and explores stories that are missing from history books.
May 25, 2017
Ecotrust, Portland
2nd Floor Billy Frank Jr. Conference Center
6:30pm - Doors Open
7:00pm - Screening

Cape Disappointment National Trails Day
June 3, 2017
Confluence will join WA State Parks and Keepers of the North Head Lighthouse in celebrating National Trails Day and the season opening of the historic lighthouse. It is also a WA State Parks Free Day! 11:00am - 4:00pm  Guided walk at 3:00pm.

Story Gathering 
Pasco WA
September 17, 2017

Story Gathering 
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Visitor Center 
November 4, 2017
2:00pm - 4:00pm

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

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