FIELD NOTES To Maya Lin's Confluence Project Landscapes
During the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial (2004 - 2005), the Columbia River Tribes banded together to ask Maya Lin to help tell their story of how they greeted the Corps of Discovery in 1804 - 1805.
She agreed and created six art installations along the Columbia River featuring restored landscapes inspired by Indigenous stories and
traditions. These art installations were designed “to connect people to the history, living cultures, and ecology of the Columbia River
system through indigenous voices.”
Field Notes tells my story as a non-native white woman navigating to each of the Maya Lin Landscapes along what we now call the Columbia River. Many of these installations were difficult to locate. But getting lost helped me find what the Great River, the Land, and its People might be able to teach me. The Confluence Project helped show me the way. I wrote Field Notes to help other non-Native people in locating these often hidden riverside places with significant stories to tell. With any luck, my book might encourage travelers to look deeper into that inner terrain of discovery, connection, and teachings that I encountered on my pilgrimages to each of these sites.