Northwest Indian Storytellers Association (NISA) Membership Form

Washington, Oregon and Idaho tribal members, along with the region’s urban Indian storytellers from other nations around Turtle Island, are welcome to join the Northwest Indian Storytellers Association (NISA).

You don’t have to be a master storyteller to join NISA. Emerging tribal storytellers and those who would like to start learning their tribe’s stories are also welcome to join. You will have opportunities to get acquainted with elder and fellow storytellers and learn from them during storytelling workshops held annually as part of storytelling festival weekends.

Northwest Indian Storytellers Association (NISA) Mission Statement:

The Northwest Indian Storytellers Association (NISA) was formed in 2005 by Wisdom of the Elders, Inc. (WISDOM) to encourage, preserve and strengthen traditional storytelling among tribes and urban Indian communities in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. In the spirit of race reconciliation, NISA shares tribal oral tradition and cultural arts with our entire regional community at our annual storytelling festivals. NISA and its festival events contribute to Wisdom’s mission of Native American cultural sustainability, education and race reconciliation.

Membership is free. Please fill in the form below and click on “Submit”.

You may also print and e-mail or mail to:
Email: [email protected]

NISA Coordinator
Wisdom of the Elders, Inc.
3203 SE 109th Avenue
Portland, OR 97266

NOTE:  The registration fee for the Emerging Tribal Storytellers Workshop is $40 plus the donation of an item for our silent auction. This fee covers two days of workshops culminating in Sunday’s Emerging Storytellers Matinee, three meals, and entry to all storytelling festival events. Workshops are for any tribal member and those who self-identify as Native American. You do not need to regard yourself as a storyteller to participate.

Contact [email protected] or call (503) 775-4014 for more info.

Special thanks to our sponsors: Portland Art Museum Native American Art Council, Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA), Portland Community College, KBOO Community Radio 90.7, Northwest Indian College, Northwest Indian Storytellers Association (NISA), and Wisdom of the Elders. Funding provided by: National Endowment for the Arts, and Multnomah County Cultural Coalition. NISA was formed in 2005 by Wisdom of the Elders, Inc. (WISDOM) to encourage, preserve and strengthen traditional storytelling among tribes in Oregon, Washington and Idaho, and to share tribal oral tradition and cultural arts with our entire regional community. NISA and its festival events contribute to Wisdom’s mission of Native American cultural sustainability, education and race reconciliation.

NISA Membership