Program 306

Program 306 – Artist’s Circle

Pat Courtney Gold.

Pat Courtney Gold.

Pat Courtney Gold

with Bruce Crespin

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Arlie Neskahi:
Wasco people have long been known for fishing and trading in the lower Columbia River region. At one time, Wasco women would dry hundreds of pounds of fish each year, and pulverize them to pack in large woven baskets for storage and trade. Baskets of all kinds were once made by Wascos and other Columbia River tribes. Today, in Artists Circle, Bruce Crespin highlights the rediscovery of Wasco basket making by a superbly skilled tribal artist, Pat Courtney Gold, whose braided path in life is now closely mingled with Wasco basketry traditions.

Program 306 – Turtle Island Storytellers

Oregon Trail's Barlow Road. Photo by Lori Cannon, 2005

Oregon Trail's Barlow Road. Photo by Lori Cannon, 2005. Courtesy TrekEarth.

Darlene Foster

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Darlene Foster:
Both my mother, Matilda Mitchell, and my father, Louis, and my auntie May Joan. They always told stories about how my ancestors knew before the pioneers came that they would come in they would flow in like a river.

Arlie Neskahi:
Before the first pioneers arrived, the Warm Springs people were singing songs foretelling their coming – songs of the great snake that carries people, songs of the metal fire. Today’s turtle island storyteller, Darlene Foster, learned these first contact stories from her mother, who learned them from her grandmother.