Program 101

Program 101: Elder Wisdom

N. Scott Momaday

N. Scott Momaday

Barbara Roberts features Pulitzer Prize winning author and poet, N. Scott Momaday who shares narrative, storytelling and poetry. This program explores the landscape of Momaday’s childhood in Oklahoma which helped him develop a deep affinity for Kiowa sacred ground. Also, mention of the Kiowa Gourd Dance society and a reading of the Navajo Night Chant.

Program 101: Tribal Rhythms

Nico Wind

Nico Wind

The Gourd Dance

Nico Wind shares the origin and relevant music segues from the Kiowa Gourd Dance Society including the story of a warrior’s encounter with a red wolf. She tells the story of how the warrior was taught songs and dance and instructed to use them to honor Kiowa warriors for bravery and deeds in battle.

Program 101: Turtle Island Storytellers

Mary Louise Defender Wilson

Mary Louise Defender Wilson

The World Never Ends

Mary Louise Defender Wilson tells the Dakota legend of the old woman who lives in the sacred earth in an ancient cave with her dog. At the end of her story, she discusses the importance of storytelling to younger generations, “that each generation will carry something from the previous one, that will make them become more civilized and more high-minded and able to be kind, gentle and helpful to each other.”