Confluence Story Gathering Collection

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Confluence Story Gathering Collection

A collection of interview excerpts with Indigenous elders and leaders from along the Columbia River system. The Confluence oral history collection is housed at WSU's Plateau People's Portal, an archive uniquely designed to hold tribal materials through Washington State University by using the innovative Murkutu software. The collection features the stories of Indigenous elders and leaders, told in their own voices, as a way to explore the interconnectedness of people and places of the Columbia River system. These excerpts cover topics such as Celilo Falls, tribal sovereignty and traditional lifeways. At the moment, there are 65 excerpts; however this number will continue to grow as we pull more from the interviews and conduct future interviews.

This collection looks and sounds great, Lily! Very effective to present the short, contextualised excerpts. You might be interested in comparing other ways of presenting oral histories with Indigenous peoples: I've recorded oral histories with Aboriginal Australians for an academic research project and converted them into a storytelling podcast series, Heart of Artness. The project is actually looking at cross-cultural relationships that inform the art, so the interviews are with Indigenous and non-Indigenous, but this episode has three Indigenous artists from a remote community describing how their art interprets country and cultural heritage. I recorded the interviews by a river where about 30 of their people were massacred in 1911. It is intensely moving. I use sound from the community to enhance the storytelling - all sound and music is authentic to the area and the podcast was approved by participants before being published online. We hope it will help mainstream Australians gain a better understanding of Aboriginal cultures.

http://artness.net.au/episode-2-heart-of-art-a-two-ways-world/