Agency-wide Projects: ARP-Organizations (Education-related)

Period of Performance

10/1/2021 - 3/31/2023

Funding Totals

$50,000.00 (approved)
$50,000.00 (awarded)

Currents of the Big River, the inaugural publication of a new journal

FAIN: ZED-283338-22

Confluence Project (Vancouver, WA 98661-3802)
Lily Hart (Project Director: May 2021 to January 2024)

To support the creation of a new editorial position to work with indigenous authors for a new journal, Currents of the Big River.

Confluence, a Level I applicant, is seeking $50,000 in NEH American Rescue Plan funding to support the salary of one critical humanities staff position, Digital Content Manager, as she takes the next logical step to extend Confluence’s work: the inaugural publication of a new journal, Currents of the Big River. The published work will be exclusively by Indigenous authors, poets, storytellers, activists, and culture bearers, written in an accessible manner that is clear to a broad audience. Accepted work will pertain to the Columbia River system, be thought provoking and educational, and encourage Indigenous perspectives, intercultural appreciation, and diverse approaches. Project manager, Lily Hart, Confluence’s Digital Content Manager, will devote 60% of her time (936 hours) to this project as she works with the seven scholars who have committed to serve on the editorial advisory committee, selected Indigenous authors, and the five scholars who have agreed to serve as peer reviewers.

Media Coverage

‘Voices of the River’ reflected in new Confluence journal (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Allison Frost and Dave Miller
Publication: OPB's Think Out Loud
Date: 1/10/2023
Abstract: For 20 years, the Confluence Project has been highlighting the experiences of Indigenous tribes along the Columbia River. Now it’s created a new journal called “Voices of the River.” Editor Lily Hart says in some ways it’s the culmination of the organization itself, reflecting both history and contemporary life with poetry, articles and original art. We talk with Hart and with Emily Washines, a Yakama tribal member who wrote about protecting threatened tribal fishing rights.

Bridge to forgotten voices: Confluence publishes field guide to explore Vancouver landmark (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Scott Hewitt
Publication: The Columbian
Date: 1/26/2023
Abstract: Volume 1 of “Voices of the River” features opinions, memoirs, historical fiction, artworks, an excerpt from an upcoming book and a couple of carefully footnoted academic papers: one exploring the complicated culture of Chinook canoe journeys, the other analyzing how the Yakama Nation pursued treaty rights and its own sovereignty across generations.