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. Attendees are 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.
Tickets will be available at Columbia Center for the Arts and on Eventbrite at http://gorgeowned.eventbrite.com.
Patricia Whitefoot (Yakama)- For over 40 years, Patricia has managed Indian Education and community mobilization programs from preschool to adult education at the tribal, state and national level. She advocates her ancestors’ vision of holistic health, environmental and spiritual well-being.
Pat Courtney Gold (Wasco) – A nationally recognized basket weaver and artist, Pat was born and raised on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. She lectures about Columbia River Native cultures to universities and museums.
Chuck Sams (Umatilla)- Chuck serves as Communications Director, and has served as Interim Deputy Executive Director, for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. He is recognized for his numerous leadership positions in environmental protection, restoration and reclaiming Native lands.
GO Sense of Place
When – Wednesday, November 14, 7 PM
Where -Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River Oregon
Cost – $5-$10 suggested donation
More info: http://gorgeowned.org
About Gorge Owned
GO is a 501.c.3 member-supported organization with a mission to help people invest in a strong local economy, healthy environment and vibrant community in the Columbia River Gorge. With more than 200 individual and business members, GO! delivers year-round programming that informs and inspires people to invest in making the Gorge an even better place to live.