The Confluence Project commemorates the Lewis and Clark Expedition’s arrival in the Columbia River Basin and explores its cultural and environmental legacy. The organization partnered with the region’s many Native American tribes—the descendants of the indigenous peoples Lewis and Clark encountered—as well as Vietnam War Memorial designer Maya Lin to create public art installations at six points ranging 438 miles along the Columbia River. In addition to exploring the Basin’s history and culture through art, Confluence aimed to inspire an ongoing conversation between the region’s Native American tribes and other civic, educational, and environmental groups that would serve to educate visitors to the sites. A grant from the NEH helped Confluence establish a program that explores the region’s landscapes through the perspective of the Native American communities that have inhabited it for thousands of years.
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