Confluence Story Gathering Collection

Confluence Story Gathering Collection

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

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
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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
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Lands
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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
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Lifeways
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Virginia Beavert describes her optimism about young native people returning to their cultural roots.
Community
Confluence
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Natural Resources, Religion
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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
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Language
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Virginia Beavert speaks in Ichiiskin about Confluence and the importance of education.
Community
Confluence
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Government to Government Relations, Language, Wars/Military/Conflict
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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
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Religion
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Tanna Engdahl tells a story about her grandmother participating in the Catholic sacrament of Confession.
Community
Confluence
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Economy/Economic Development, Education, Government to Government Relations, Lifeways
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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
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Lifeways
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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
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Tanna Engdahl explains the Cowlitz scientific understanding of water and the skies as well as the land.
Community
Confluence
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Education, Government to Government Relations, Lifeways
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Tanna Engdahl talks about the Cowlitz strengths in adopting new technologies from foreigners.
Community
Confluence
Category
Natural Resources, Wars/Military/Conflict
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Wilfred Scott tells a story about waking up to law enforcement officials looking to arrest "Jess Greene" during the raids to arrest people for "illegal" fishing activities.
Community
Confluence
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Lifeways
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Mike Iyall laments the loss of language, arts and culture that occured from the impact of disease on the Cowlitz people.
Community
Confluence
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Artistry and Artifacts, Lifeways
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Mike Iyall of the Cowlitz Tribe shares some history that describes the scope of destruction to the tribes by disease.
Community
Confluence
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Lifeways
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Mike Iyall answers the quesiton: "What is it like for you to be Cowlitz?"
Community
Confluence
Category
Economy/Economic Development
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Mike Iyall talks about the expansive trade reach of the Cowlitz people.
Community
Confluence
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Lifeways
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Mike Iyall of the Cowlitz Tribe describes cultural marriage traditions and taboos.
Community
Confluence
Category
Lifeways
Summary
Aurelia tells the harrowing story of falling into the river at Celilo Falls.
Community
Confluence
Category
Lifeways
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Aurelia describes her connection to Celilo Falls and what it means to be Wyam. She describes the continuity of culture along the river.
Community
Confluence
Category
Lands
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Bobbie Conner explains the consequences of divide and conquer tactics used against people who are closely connected along the river.
Community
Confluence
Category
Government to Government Relations
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Bobbie Connner describes the multiple impacts on indigenous cultures of dividing people into tribal nations, including forced changes to land ownership and segregation into boarding schools.
Community
Confluence
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Government to Government Relations
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Bobbie Connner describes the multiple impacts on indigenous cultures of dividing people into tribal nations, including forced changes to land ownership and segregation into boarding schools.
Community
Confluence
Category
Government to Government Relations
Summary
Greg Archuleta describes efforts to keep indigenous people from fishing at Willamette Falls. Fisheries were strategically placed to deter families from fishing at the falls.
Community
Confluence
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Lifeways
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Greg Archuleta shares concerns about the threat of losing cultural knowledge. He describes how The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde have adapted and brought traditional practices into modern uses.