You’re listening to Wisdom of the Elders. I’m Arlie Neskahi.
Today we honor the native artists. It is said that no native language includes a word for art. It is not something that can be separated from life. Art can’t be created as something outside of existence, packaged, contained. It’s as fundamental as breath.
Barbara Roberts pays tribute to the artist Lillian Pitt from the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs reservation, located in the northern Oregon cascades. Celebrated for her bronzes and ceramic masks, Lillian Pitt’s highly personal art she says is “food for the soul.”
The healing arts take many forms and can be found in abundance throughout the natural world. The beauty and aroma of flowers and trees offer deep healing of our physical as well as our emotional, mental and spiritual health. Today, on health and healing, judy bluehorse skelton reveals some secrets of the art of making and using essential oils.
In our daily conversations, the phrase “in a good way” pops up again and again. For us, approaching life and its challenges “in a good way” has rich significance. Among other things, living “in a good way” includes approaching any task – large or small – in beauty and harmony. You can see it in everyday objects we create – pottery, blankets, baskets. These are infused with an artfulness that goes beyond simple utility.
Tuhva Tzi Buina (Pinenut Blessing Song)
Circle Dance Songs Canyon Records
Some might think of the sagebrush as a nuisance, but not the late Paiute storyteller Judy Trejo. Sagebrush is used not only for food and warmth; it can also be used artistically in the creation of beautiful baskets, mats, and clothing.
On Turtle Island Storytellers, Ed Edmo treats us to some tales originating along the beautiful Columbia River gorge in the Pacific Northwest. Ed is of Shoshone-Bannock, Yakima, Nez Perce and French descent. As a young boy, he sat at the feet of his father and his grandmother as they told the stories of their ancestors.