Confluence Story Gatherings

Forums feature Indigenous perspectives of the Columbia River system.

Photo by NW Documentary
Wilfred and Bess Scott, Nez Perce. Photo by NW Documentary.

This winter and spring, the Confluence presents a series of Story Gatherings, public forums that will broaden participants' understanding of the Columbia River system by highlighting Indigenous stories. These events are story-driven discussions that will explore the interconnectedness of the people and places of the Columbia River. The first event took place in Pendleton in November. Remaining events in the series will take place in Astoria, Portland, and The Dalles.

First, participants will watch or listen to first-person stories produced by NW Documentary. Featured storytellers include Greg Archuleta (Grand Ronde), Virginia Beavert (Yakama), Roberta and Leah Conner (Umatilla), Johnny Jackson (Yakama), Louie Pitt (Warm Springs), Aurelia Staccona (Warm Springs), Wilfred and Bessie Scott (Nez Perce) and Wilbur Slockish (Yakama), among others. A panel discussion between Native elders, leaders, and writers will follow. The series, cosponsored by Oregon Humanities, is free and open to the public. Read more.

February 18: Astoria (2:00 p.m., Liberty Theater)
April 15: Portland (1:00 p.m., Alberta Rose Theatre)
May 6: The Dalles (2:00 p.m., Columbia Gorge Discovery Center)


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