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IN A LANDSCAPE: Chief Timothy Park

Tickets: FREE. Reservations required. $25 suggested donation.   

In partnership with Confluence, Hunter Noack performs live on a nine­foot Steinway concert grand piano at the Listening Circle at Chief Timothy Park. Designed by Maya Lin, the Listening Circle sits atop an island in Nez Perce homelands, nine miles down river from the confluence of the Clearwater and Snake rivers outside Clarkston, Washington.

Of the six Confluence sites, Chief Timothy most closely resembles what Lewis and Clark saw 200 years ago. Here, Confluence is replanting a section of the island with native grasses and wildflowers. A large, basalt rimmed earthwork: the "listening circle" is sculpted out of a natural amphitheater located at the top of the island. The shape is inspired by a Nez Perce blessing ceremony performed here in spring 2005, at which the women were seated facing north, the men facing south, and the elders facing east, with no one allowed to pass behind them. The form of the "listening circle" also arises from Ms. Lin's initial response to this site, where she envisioned creating a modern­day hieroglyph, representing waves moving on the water. A pathway from the parking area will lead to the top of a hill, and around and down into the amphitheater before connecting with other trails on the island. Near the top of the island, at a slight outcropping facing the basalt cliffs on the opposite shore, Ms. Lin has set this passage from Clark's journal: “Worthy of remark that not one tick of timber on the river near the forks and but a fiew trees for a great distance up the River.” ­William Clark, Oct 10, 1805, 2 miles upstream. Visitors experience Ms. Lin's "listening circle," and focus their attention on the breeze through the trees, the gentle sound of the water, and the muted browns, greens and yellows of the enduring landscape that surrounds them. For more on Lin's work with Confluence visit www.confluenceproject.org.

Please arrive by 5:30. It is a 20-30 minute walk to the Listening Circle.