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Vancouver, Washington
An Interactive Website Exploring the Columbia River Valley
Fish Cutting Table: The Confluence Fish Cleaning Table at Cape Disappointment State Park near Ilwaco, Washington. Photo courtesy of Confluence.

Fish Cutting Table: The Confluence Fish Cleaning Table at Cape Disappointment State Park near Ilwaco, Washington. Photo courtesy of Confluence.

With the Confluence Project Journey Book, an interactive website created with NEH funding, visitors can take a deep dive into six locations along the Columbia River through an interactive map. Though the website stands alone as a guide to the region’s history and culture, it reflects the Confluence Project’s investment in Chief Timothy Park, Sacajawea State Park, Celilo Park, Sandy River Delta, Fort Vancouver National Site, and Cape Disappointment State Park. At each of these sites, the Confluence Project uses public art to explore the Columbia River Basin’s history and culture while bringing local Native American tribes and other civic, educational, and environmental groups together in collaboration. On the website, visitors can listen to Lillian Pitt, a native sculptor, describe the themes she drew on to create the memorials featured at the Vancouver site. They can listen to a local forester describe his environmental restoration efforts. And they can hear Ray Garner, a Chinook tribal leader, relay his people’s traditional origin story. All told, the Confluence Project Journey Book is an elegant point of entry to the region’s past and present, one that can be used by locals and visitors alike.

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