A few important notes about tonight’s Sense of Place – Confluence Storygathering: This event has sold out. However, we always have last minute cancellations, and our waiting list can typically admit 10-20 patrons. Please do note that tonight’s schedule is slightly different, with a special performance of the Little Swan Dancers at 6:15:

  • Ticketing table opens at 5:45 pm 
  • Waiting list opens at 5:45 pm
  • Theatre doors open at 6:00 pm — ticketed guests admitted
  • Performance of social dances from the Yakama Nation by the Little Swan Dancers at 6:15 pm
  • Empty seats released to waiting list at 6:50; all ticketed guests must be present and seated by 6:50
  • Lecture and Storygathering begins at 7:00

Stories have a unique power to deepen our understanding of the histories, cultures and environment of the Columbia River. Based on first-person story telling, Confluence Story Gatherings are designed to elevate indigenous voices as a way to connect us to a deeper, more inclusive, sense of place. Story Gatherings combine recorded interviews with Native Elders and cultural representatives with a panel of guest speakers whose experience and capacity to share their own personal stories springboard into larger conversations on Native experience along the Columbia.

Join Gorge Owned as we listen to intimate personal stories from Patricia Whitefoot, Pat Courtney Gold and Chuck Sams on their experiences living along the Columbia during “Native Voices of the Columbia River: A Confluence Story Gathering”, November 14th, 7 PM, at the Columbia Center for the Arts. The Story Gathering will begin at 7; all ticketed guests must be present in the theatre by 6:50 pm. Ticketed guests are also welcome join us at 6:15 for the Little Swan Dancers (Iksiks Washanalma), who will be performing social dances of the Yakama Nation. The Little Swan Dancers offer a space for young children and families of the tribe to connect and build on their unique culture and traditions of their people and the environment. The families live mainly on the Yakama Nation Reservation in south, central Washington and also deep ties to the Columbia River Basin and rich landscape. 

About Confluence: Confluence is a community supported nonprofit that connects people to place through art and education in collaboration with Northwest communities, tribes and celebrated artist Maya Lin.


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