10th Annual Northwest Indian Storytelling Festival
Presented by Northwest Indian Storytellers Association
and Wisdom of the Elders, Inc.

Click here to buy tickets for Oct 15, 2015 NISA Festival at First Unitarian Church of Portland

Click here to buy tickets for Oct 16, 2015 NISA Festival at PCC Cascade Campus, Moriarty Auditorium

Click here to buy tickets for Oct 17, 2015 NISA Festival at Portland Art Museum, Mark Building, Fields Ballroom, First Floor

The Northwest Indian Storytellers Association (NISA) invites you to celebrate a tenth season of traditional storytelling at the 2015 Northwest Indian Storytelling Festival. With friends and relatives joining us from around the Pacific Northwest, generations gather to listen to and learn from each other, traditional storytelling woven into each day.

March Discovering Our Story TV

March 2015, Terri Crawford Hansen (Winnebago).

Terri Hansen is a Portland, OR based science journalist with a focus on North American tribal nations, and global Indigenous communities. An enrolled member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, Terri is a correspondent for Indian Country Today Media Network (ICTMN), and contributes to High Country News, Earth Island Journal, a Scientific American blog, and other news publications. Terri also maintains an online public service news project titled Mother Earth Journal.

April Discovering Our Story TV

April 2015, Ciarra Greene (Nez Perce). Wisdom Workforce Coordinator and master’s student in STEM Education at Portland State University, Ciarra has a degree in Chemistry from Northern Arizona University and is strengthening Wisdom’s habitat restoration work on public lands. Ciarra discussed her career and recent work at Wisdom.


Wisdom is forming a Native Climate Council and seeking recommendations of Native individuals willing to serve on this council. It will be formed during the spring and summer months of 2015 in order to consult on the issues being experienced in our local Native communities and to recommend individuals to be recorded and featured on the climate documentary films and radio programs.

Wisdom is excited to announce that we have received funding from National Endowment for the Arts to produce two more climate documentary films and two American Indian radio programs.  We will feature environmental and climate issues from the perspective of Portland’s Native American community and Oregon coastal tribes. Additional funding must be raised before we can start production and we are currently planning a crowdfunding campaign.

The Name of The Wisdom Project is changing to “Discovering Yidong Xinag”

Wisdom of the Elders Presents Discovering Yidong Xinag (The Old Wisdom)

To honor her Deg Hit’an Dine heritage, Rose High Bear is re-naming The Wisdom Project in June. It is now called Discovering Yidong Xinag. Yidong Xinag in her dialect means “the old wisdom.” This fits our Native American youth leadership initiative very well.

This project is complex as it includes Series Four Wisdom of the Elders Radio Program production and film productions featuring eight Pacific Northwest Native communities and their rich perspectives on environmental and climate issues. It also includes a series of four seasons out of school environmental stewardship activities using Wisdom’s learning model.