Oregon Poet Laureate advising Celilo Park project


Elizabeth Woody

Oregon’s Poet Laureate, Elizabeth Woody, will be working with an advisory group to develop interpretive elements at a project planned at Celilo Park, east of The Dalles.

Confluence, an art and education nonprofit, has been meeting with an advisory committee of native elders and cultural experts to gather stories and histories about Celilo Falls. The group has also been gathering stories through individual interviews with elders along the Columbia River.

Woody is a critically acclaimed artist, speaker and educator. She has published poetry, short fiction, essays and is a visual artist. She is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs in Oregon. Her poetry reflects her close ties with her family, the natural world, and her people, a group she portrays with humanity, dignity and sympathy.

One of Woody ’s essays about Celilo Falls is available for reading at www.salmonnation.com/essays/recalling_celilo.

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