Digital Library On Indigenous Culture And History Launches

Jul 30, 2019

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.

Nez Perce elders Wilfred and Bessie Scott talk about the War of 1877 in a video featured on The Confluence Library site.
Credit 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.

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

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.

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

“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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