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The Confluence Project (Vancouver, WA)

Dufur, Oregon



The Confluence Project is a decade-long collaborative effort of Pacific Northwest Tribes, internationally renowned artist Maya Lin, local communities, and regional civic groups to reclaim public spaces of cultural, physical, and ecological significance to the history of the Columbia River Basin. The project consists of public artwork installations, environmental restoration, and educational programming at various historical sites in the area important to the Native-American people.

The Confluence Project is partnering with the City of Dufur and other local partners to implement the final Confluence site revitalization at Celilo Falls. Celilo Falls was North America's largest salmon fishery and a nexus of economic, artistic, and cultural exchange for Native Americans for more than 10,000 years until it was submerged with the construction of the Dalles Dam in 1957. The Celilo Falls Tribute Project will feature onsite and online interpretive features, a school-based art program, and artwork by Lin. The sculptural centerpiece of the project is the Celilo Arc, which is inspired by the fishing planks cantilevered over the river by Native-American fishermen before the falls were flooded. The project is targeted to serve rural communities near Celilo Falls, such as Celilo Village and Dufur, and clusters of reservation residents belonging to four treaty tribes in the region.