Update 9:40 a.m. May 16: Due to a last minute cancellation, Josiah Pinkham of the Nez Perce Tribe will speak at Thursday's Story Gathering instead of Carol Craig. This story was updated to reflect that change.
The exhibit Dams.Fish.Controversy offers a perspective from people who have lived along the Columbia River and its tributaries for thousands of years. Starting tonight, people can hear some of their voices in a series of talks accompanying the exhibit.
The series begins with the Confluence Project Story Gathering, which will feature Josiah Pinkham of the Nez Perce Tribe; Roberta Conner, director of Tamástslikt Cultural Institute in Pendleton; and Silas Whitman, former chairman of the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee.
The story gathering is organized in part by the Confluence Project, best known for its series of artworks along the Columbia River, among them Maya Lins Listening Circle at Chief Timothy Park outside Clarkston.
The Confluence Project began during the Lewis-Clark Expedition bicentennial with the aim of sharing another perspective about the expedition -- that of American Indian nations along the Columbia River and its tributaries, said Colin Fogarty, the projects executive director. The projects mission of connecting people to the history, living culture and ecology of the Columbia River system through native voices continues.
Native voices have been marginalized or ignored for hundreds of years. We feel its high time to elevate their voices and perspective, Fogarty said. The story you often hear about native people is one of loss. What we heard from native elders and others is that the story is about resilience as much as anything else. Theyre still here.
The Listening Circle was built to honor the Nez Perce people, but its called a listening circle deliberately to call attention and to honor the tradition of listening, he said.
The Story Gathering, in a way, is a manifestation of listening, listening is just as important. Of course its a discussion, but listening is something we could all do a lot more of.
The free event is at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16 at the Lewis-Clark Center for Arts & History in Lewiston.
IF YOU GO
WHEN: Through June 22
WHERE: Lewis-Clark Center for Arts & History upstairs gallery, 415 Main St., Lewiston
COST: Free, donations welcome. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.
- 5:30 p.m. May 16-- Confluence Project Story Gathering
- 6 p.m. May 30 -- The Oregon Emigrant Trail, Imnaha Smolt Version: Navigating the Imnaha and Beyond, Nez Perce Fisheries biologists Lora Tennant and Brian Simmons will describe how Imnaha salmon and steelhead fare as they migrate through the dam hydro systems.
- 5 p.m. June 6 -- Hydro Dams History and Issues in Nez Perce Treaty Lands and Watersheds, Nez Perce Tribal elder Silas Whitman will talk about culture, salmon and the Snake River dams.