FIELD NOTES To Maya Lin’s Confluence Project Landscapes

$15.00

5″ X 8.5″-64 page chapbook
Published by Salmonberry Press

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.

 

Description

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.”    www.confluenceproject.org

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

Click on this link to view a selection of photos taken at five of the Maya Lin Confluence Landscapes from 2018-2019

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0DQWWeMOLc

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“Ann Batchelor Hursey’s Field Notes —-part field guide, part travel journal and part witness—immerses the reader in the powerful Confluence Project landscapes designed by architect Maya Lin, which Hursey set out to explore after encountering Tsagaglal, “She Who Watches,” at the Pike Place Market. In the spirit of the Japanese poet Basho, she uses the haibun form to offer wide-ranging observations, directions — even notes on the weather—while lyrical haiku provide a distilled counterpoint. She thoughtfully interweaves quotes from Lewis and Clark’s journals with stories from the indigenous cultures that have long lined the river’s shores, and still do, including listings of the tribes, their languages, as well as a poignant listing of native species first encountered by Lewis & Clark. I’m grateful to Hursey for undertaking her journey and sharing it. I hope readers will be inspired to do what I did: explore the Confluence project for themselves.”
—Holly J. Hughes
Winner of an American Book Award for Passings (Wandering Aengus Press)

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Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 8.5 × 5 × .5 cm

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