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Digital Library On Indigenous Culture And History Launches

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Greater access to indigenous culture has been made available to educators and students across the Pacific Northwest.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports on the launch of The Confluence Library.

The digital resource contains photo galleries, research papers, and multimedia works.  It’s all to educate users on the tribes and ecology of the Columbia River system.

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Early image of Celilo Falls, a popular tribal fishing spot on the Columbia River, before dam development.

It’s an extension of the non-profit organization, Confluence, based in Vancouver, Washington.  Executive Director Colin Fogarty says it’s important to note that the historical collections of photos and narratives are balanced with modern-day perspectives as well.

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Artist Maya Lin discusses her work with tribes in a video found on The Confluence Library site.

“To remind people that native people have been here for thousands of years," Fogarty tells KLCC.  "But they’re still here! 

"They haven’t gone away, and they still have a real presence here, and a real connection – a cultural connection – to this place.”

Confluence is already known for its collaborations with regional Indian tribes, as well as six art landscapes rendered by artist Maya Lin.

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (19 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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