Confluence Story Gathering Collection

Confluence Story Gathering Collection

Summary: 
A collection of interview excerpts with indigenous elders and leaders from along the Columbia River system.
Description: 

First-person story telling has a unique power to deepen our understanding of the histories, cultures and environment that surrounds us. Confluence Story Gatherings are welcoming forums that feature the stories of native elders, told in their own voices, as a way to explore the interconnectedness of people and places of the Columbia River system. Confluence Story Gatherings are story-driven discussions using these interview excerpts to frame a thoughtful discussion by a panel of native thinkers, writers and leaders before a live audience.

Digital Heritage Items: 
Community: 
Confluence
Category: 
Lands
Summary: 
Virginia Beavert talks about the pain that people must have felt when Celilo Falls was flooded and how it changed fishing along the river.
Community: 
Confluence
Category: 
Lands
Summary: 
Virginia Beavert imagines what Tommy Thompson might have felt watching the flooding of Celilo Falls and describes her own feelings of sadness about the disappearance of the falls.
Community: 
Confluence
Category: 
Lifeways
Summary: 
Virginia Beavert describes her optimism about young native people returning to their cultural roots.
Community: 
Confluence
Category: 
Natural Resources, Religion
Summary: 
Virginia Beavert talks about how the river is experienced by indigenous people of the Columbia River. It was created for them but requires them to take care of it for their survival.
Community: 
Confluence
Category: 
Language
Summary: 
Virginia Beavert speaks in Ichiiskin about Confluence and the importance of education.
Community: 
Confluence
Category: 
Government to Government Relations, Language, Wars/Military/Conflict
Summary: 
Virginia Beavert talks about her activism with regards to treaty fishing rights, and how her ability to speak multiple languages helped her translate for people who were arrested for "illegal" fishing.
Community: 
Confluence
Category: 
Religion
Summary: 
Tanna Engdahl tells a story about her grandmother participating in the Catholic sacrament of Confession.
Community: 
Confluence
Category: 
Economy/Economic Development, Education, Government to Government Relations, Lifeways
Summary: 
Tanna Engdahl explains how by adopting written languages the Cowlitz were able to keep records that allowed them to preserve elements of their culture and use that ability in the fight for federal recognition.
Community: 
Confluence
Category: 
Lifeways
Summary: 
Tanna Engdahl tells a story about her grandmother's strength when they encountered discrimination in a restaurant when she was young.
Community: 
Confluence
Category: 
Lands, Natural Resources
Summary: 
Tanna Engdahl explains the Cowlitz scientific understanding of water and the skies as well as the land.