Program 305: Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indians

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Fort Nez Perces (Walla Walla) at the confluence of the Walla Walla and Columbia rivers, 1855. (OrHi 1651). Courtesy National Park Service.

Fort Nez Perces (Walla Walla) at the confluence of the Walla Walla and Columbia rivers, 1855. (OrHi 1651). Courtesy National Park Service.

Historical Introduction:
Arlie Neskahi, in an interview with Roberta Conner, Director of the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute at the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indians, discusses the Umatilla’s encounter with the Lewis and Clark Expedition, who were in their homeland for about a week on the way out in 1805 on the way back in 1806.

Elder Wisdom:
Brian Bull explores how the traditional way of life of the Cayuse-Nez Perce people have made a lasting difference in the life of an elder, Kathleen Gordon and how she has helped to preserve the language and traditions.

Speaking Native:
Don Addison tells us about the Umatilla language which has has six sisters which form the Columbia River subdivision of the Sahaptian language family.

Sacred Landscape:
Judy Bluehorse Skelton talks about the quintessential symbol of the northwest, the salmon, how it is celebrated in feasts and ceremonies among the Umatilla, and how it is being preserved for future generations.

Tribal Rhythms:
Nico Wind introduces us to Fred Hill who shares his knowledge of the traditional songs and cultural heritage of the Columbia River Tribes, and is also a composer of many beautiful songs himself.

Health and Healing:
Rose High Bear, with the help of Health Coordinator Brian Boltz, explore an exercise program sponsored by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indians and introduces us to Delphine Wood and Marvella Jones who belong to an exercise program at the Yellowhawk Clinic.

Artists Circle:
Bruce Crespin talks with tribal artist Thomas Morning Owl who shares his outlook on tribal arts, which is woven from the material of his many traditional and contemporary gifts and talents.

Turtle Island Storytellers:
We hear the true story of the late Marvin “Wish” Patrick, who told the story of his return from the Korean War haunted by those he had killed and how spiritual traditions healed him from his nightmares.