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

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

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

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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.


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.

February Discovering Our Story TV

Our February 2015 guest was Rochelle Kulei Nielsen (Shoshone), who is joining Wisdom to coordinate the 10th anniversary year of Northwest Indian Storytellers Association (NISA) Storytelling Festival and Emerging Storytellers Workshops in 2015.

Rochelle, who has served in the Native community for the past 15 years, worked as the Native American Education Coordinator for ten years in the Vancouver, Evergreen, and Battleground School Districts, taught at PSU in the Native Studies program teaching Native American Contemporary Art, currently teaches at Portland Community College in the Art Department, and served numerous organizations in the Portland area.

Wisdom of the Elders Radio Series Four: 
Indigenous Response
to Environmental and Climate Issues

Rose High Bear - Wisdom of the Elders Radio

Image: Rose High Bear recording credits in studio on September 25, 2014. Photo Credit: Lawrence Johnson

Wisdom’s radio production team is getting ready to release the first two Wisdom of the Elders Radio Programs. Series Four will feature stories, songs, and science from indigenous elders and cultural leaders of the Inupiat and Athabascans of Alaska and their response to unprecedented environmental and climate issues.